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Webster 1913 Edition


Activity

Ac-tiv′i-ty

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Activities
.
[Cf. F.
activité
, 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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Activity

ACTIV'ITY

,
Noun.
The quality of being active; the active faculty; nimbleness; agility; also the habit of diligent and vigorous pursuit of business; as, a man of activity. It is applied to persons or things.
Sphere of activity, is the whole space in which the virtue, power, or influence of any object, is exerted.
To put in activity, a French phrase, for putting in action or employment.

Definition 2022


activity

activity

English

Noun

activity (plural activities)

  1. The state or quality of being active; nimbleness; agility; vigorous action or operation; energy; active force; as, an increasing variety of human activities.
    Pit row was abuzz with activity.
  2. Something done as an action or a movement.
    The activity for the morning was a walk to the store.
  3. Something done for pleasure or entertainment, especially one involving movement or an excursion.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
    Quilting can be an enjoyable activity.
  4. Use (of internet, playstation, bank account etc.).

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with "activity": increased, decreased, high, low, volcanic, seismic, eruptive, intellectual, physical, mental, spiritual, muscular, cerebral, favorite, recreational, practical, cultural, artistic, literary, musical, political, diplomatic, military, domestic, voluntary, missionary, chemical, optical, productive, reproductive, industrial, commercial, etc.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:activity

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External links

  • activity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • activity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911