action current n.
An electrical current generated in a cell such as a neuron or muscle cell during the action potential.
- Action figure
a toy figure with jointed, movable limbs, representing a character in a cartoon, movie, etc., or a real person or animal, often one known for exciting action or extraordinary powers. Contemporary Examples Braving gale-force winds, heading off the Falklands, or saving lost hikers—the Duke of Cambridge has become an action figure. Prince William’s Dramatic Rescue […]
- Action grant
funds awarded by the federal government on a competitive basis to cities that submit plans for urban development and are able to show that such plans have the cooperation and endorsement of private investors.
- Action line
a telephone line maintained by a newspaper, television station, or other medium to provide the public a ready means of expressing complaints or obtaining information about matters of vital interest.
- Action painting
(sometimes initial capital letters). Also called tachism. a style of American abstract expressionist painting typified especially in the works of Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning in the 1940s, in which the furiously energetic and free application of the paint is seen as being expressive of the psychological and emotional state of the artist at […]