Active Ac"tive, a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.] 1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to {passive}, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind. [1913 Webster]

2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal. [1913 Webster]

Active and nervous was his gait. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to {quiescent}, {dormant}, or {extinct}; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano. [1913 Webster]

4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; -- opposed to {dull}, {sluggish}, {indolent}, or {inert}; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal. [1913 Webster]

5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to {sedentary} or to {tranquil}; as, active employment or service; active scenes. [1913 Webster]

6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to {speculative} or {theoretical}; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. [1913 Webster]

7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn. [1913 Webster]

8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy. [1913 Webster]

9. (Gram.) (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to {passive}. See {Active voice}, under {Voice}. (b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive. (c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state. [1913 Webster]

{Active capital}, {Active wealth}, money, or property that may readily be converted into money. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick; sprightly; prompt; energetic. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • active — ● active nom féminin Militaire Armée active Officier, sous officier d active, de carrière. ● active (expressions) nom féminin Officier, sous officier d active, de carrière. ● actif, active adjectif (latin scolastique activus) Qui est plein d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • active — active, operative, dynamic, live are synonymous when they mean being at work or in effective action. Active in general may be employed wherever the others are applicable, but it is also usable where none of the others would be appropriate. It may …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ACTIVE — sobriety, friendship and peace (formerly EGTYF, European Good Templar Youth Federation ) is a non governmental umbrella organisation gathering European youth temperance organisations. ACTIVE is member of the Youth Forum Jeunesse and cooperates… …   Wikipedia

  • Active — may mean:* Active lifestyle * Active volcano * Sky Active, Sky s Interactive Service * Active grammatical voice * Active component, in electronics * The active partner in a sexual activity * An active in a fraternity or sorority * ACTIVE Active… …   Wikipedia

  • active — [ak′tiv] adj. [ME & OFr actif < L activus < actus, pp. of agere: see ACT1] 1. that is acting, functioning, working, moving, etc. 2. capable of acting, functioning, etc. 3. causing action, motion, or change 4. characterized by much action or …   English World dictionary

  • active — ac·tive adj 1: characterized or accomplished by action or effort active concealment compare passive 2: engaged or participating in action or activity paying child support but not otherwise an active parent …   Law dictionary

  • active — (adj.) mid 14c., given to worldly activity (opposed to contemplative or monastic), from O.Fr. actif (12c.) or directly from L. activus, from actus (see ACT (Cf. act) (n.)). As capable of acting (opposed to passive), from late 14c. Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • active — The active voice of verbs is illustrated by the sentence Italy beat France in the final, in which the subject of the verb (Italy) performs the action and the object (France) is affected by the action. The passive equivalent is France were beaten… …   Modern English usage

  • active — [adj1] having movement alive, astir, at work, bustling, effective, efficacious, exertive, flowing, functioning, going, hasty, impelling, in force, in play, in process, mobile, movable, moving, operating, operative, progressive, pushing, rapid,… …   New thesaurus

  • Active — Active. См. Активный. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”