Definitions for: Activity

[n] the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically; "the level of activity declines with age"
[n] an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
[n] the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
[n] (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction; "catalytic activity"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ac*tiv"i*ty, n.; pl. Activities. [Cf. F.
activit['e], LL. activitas.]
The state or quality of being active; nimbleness; agility;
vigorous action or operation; energy; active force; as, an
increasing variety of human activities. ``The activity of
toil.'' --Palfrey.

Syn: Liveliness; briskness; quickness.

Synonyms: action, action, activeness, activeness, bodily function, bodily process, body process, natural action, natural process

Antonyms: inaction, inactiveness, inactiveness, inactivity, inactivity, inactivity, inertia

See Also: ablactation, absorption, acidification, act, acting, activating, activation, actus reus, adiabatic process, aeration, agency, anastalsis, animation, animation, antiredeposition, attempt, bag, behavior, behaviour, biological process, breath, breathing, brio, burst, business, busyness, capability, capacity, capture, cataphoresis, centrifugation, ceremony, chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, chromatography, clotting, coagulation, committal to writing, concealing, concealment, concretion, condensation, consumption, continuance, continuation, control, control, convection, creation, creative activity, crying, cup of tea, curdling, decay, deeds, delectation, demagnetisation, demagnetization, demand, desorption, diaphoresis, diffusion, disassembly, discharge, dish, disintegration, dismantlement, dismantling, dissipation, dissolution, distillation, distillment, diversion, domesticity, drift, dynamism, ecesis, education, educational activity, effervescence, effort, electrophoresis, emission, emplacement, employment, endeavor, endeavour, energizing, enjoyment, eructation, eruption, establishment, exercise, expectoration, expelling, external respiration, extinction, extraction, extravasation, feedback, festering, filtration, fit, flocculation, flow, formation, fossilisation, fossilization, fractional process, fractionation, game, geological process, grooming, grouping, hardening, healing, hiding, hidrosis, human action, human activity, hunt, hunting, hypostasis, ignition, inactivation, induction, ingestion, insemination, instruction, intake, invigoration, ion exchange, ionisation, ionization, job, lachrymation, lacrimation, lactation, lamentation, leach, leaching, line, line of work, liveliness, locating, location, magnetic induction, magnetisation, magnetization, materialisation, materialization, maturation, measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration, military operation, misconduct, mourning, music, nuclear reaction, occupation, oomph, opacification, operation, operation, opsonisation, opsonization, organic process, organisation, organization, oscillation, overactivity, oxygenation, pair creation, pair formation, pair production, pattern, pedagogy, performing, peristalsis, perspiration, phagocytosis, phase change, phase transition, physical change, pinocytosis, pizzaz, pizzazz, placement, placentation, play, play, playacting, playing, pleasure, position, positioning, practice, precession of the equinoxes, preparation, procedure, process, process, protection, provision, psilosis, puncture, radiation, reaction, recreation, representation, respiration, response, role, search, sensory activity, service, set, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, sleeping, solidification, solidifying, space walk, spiritedness, state, state change, sudation, supply, supplying, support, supporting, suppuration, sweating, swing, tanning, teaching, tearing, tears, training, trait, transpiration, try, turn, uptake, usage, use, utilisation, utilization, variance, variation, ventilation, vermiculation, vivification, waste, wastefulness, watering, weeping, work, works, worship, writing, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct, zing

Famous Quotes Containing Activity:

Welding torches, cutting torches and any activity producing a flame outside is prohibited. Any open flame is discouraged.

-- John Glover (American Actor)

As to the first, I do not know that I have done very much myself to promote fraternity between nations but I do know that there can be no more important purpose for any man's activity or interests.

-- Lester B. Pearson (Canadian Politician)

The individual organs follow the same pattern as the whole organism, i.e. they have their period of growth, of stationary, maximum activity and then of aging decline.

-- Wilhelm Ostwald (German Scientist)

Study with desire is real activity; without desire it is but the semblance and mockery of activity.

-- William Godwin (English Writer)

And as part of my activity there, he had indicated he wanted me to work with him on that and conduct the various technical tests. And so a few months later I moved from Southern California up to the Monterey Peninsula where I still live today.

-- John Sexton (American Educator)

For the only way in which a durable peace can be created is by world-wide restoration of economic activity and international trade.

-- James Forrestal (American Public Servant)

I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't.

-- Jim Wallis (American Writer)

I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.

-- Jim Morrison (American Musician)

Fundamental ideas are not a consequence of experience, but a result of the particular constitution and activity of the mind, which is independent of all experience in its origin, though constantly combined with experience in its exercise.

-- William Whewell (English Philosopher)

Well, I think the president has clearly submitted us a tight budget, but it's what's called for if we're going to get spending under control and keep the economy moving in the right direction, with economic growth and job creation activity.

-- Thad Cochran (American Politician)

In fact, the recent increase in intra-firm trading enables businesses to shift their activities across borders smoothly, thereby strengthening the response of economic activity to exchange rate movements in the long run.

-- Toshihiko Fukui (Japanese Public Servant)

Becoming is the mode of activity of the uncreate deity.

-- H. P. Blavatsky (Russian Philosopher)

Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property "without just compensation." The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would be if the government threw you out of your house.

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)

I see it as more of a teenage activity than, you know, she's only 11, but you know, I think it's great that she knows so many girls who want to play music. And I see it more as a teen activity than I do as going into music.

-- Kim Gordon (American Musician)

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.

-- Jose Ortega y Gasset (Spanish Philosopher)

No real blood flows in the veins of the knowing subject constructed by Locke, Hume, and Kant, but rather the diluted extract of reason as a mere activity of thought.

-- Wilhelm Dilthey (German Historian)

When I cleaned up some 17 odd years ago, I felt terrible for about six months. The only thing that gave me any real relief was strenuous physical activity.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

The good news is that even minimal activity can significantly extend life.

-- Howard Coble (American Politician)

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.

-- Ralph Nader (American Lawyer)

I think today we recognize that economic activity needs to search for ways to protect the environment.

-- Gale Norton (American Public Servant)

I need something to do when I'm not working, or I crawl up the walls. So I've just taken up kung fu. I was looking for some kind of calming, relaxing activity. I tried yoga, but it wasn't really me.

-- Ian Hart (English Actor)

Happiness consists in activity. It is a running steam, not a stagnant pool.

-- John Mason Good (English Scientist)

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.

-- Jacques Barzun (American Educator)

Napster's only alleged liability is for contributory or vicarious infringement. So when Napster's users engage in noncommercial sharing of music, is that activity copyright infringement? No.

-- David Boies (American Lawyer)

It's the journey toward doing these harder climbs that really gives value to the whole activity of climbing.

-- Alex Lowe (American Athlete)

Being by the nature of my upbringing, all my energies having been directed to one channel of activity, crippled from other activities and made helpless even to live.

-- Isaac Rosenberg (English Poet)

Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.

-- Alison Bechdel (American Cartoonist)

It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.

-- Robert Herrick ( -)

We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.

-- Janet Napolitano (American Politician)

I suspect there isn't an actor alive who was able to truthfully answer his family's questions after his first day's activity in his future profession.

-- Simone Signoret (German Actress)

Meanwhile the fact that the connection with the activity of memory in ordinary life is for the moment lost is of less importance than the reverse, namely, that this connection with the complications and fluctuations of life is necessarily still a too close one.

-- Hermann Ebbinghaus (German Psychologist)

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

-- Calvin Coolidge (American President)

Now our whole activity is devoted to God, and our whole life, since we are bent on progress in divine things.

-- Origen ( Theologian)

Realize that from the start, every activity that comprises the journey has value and the ability to teach you something.

-- Bill Toomey (American Athlete)

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