- (n.) That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.
- (n.) The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress.
- (n.) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done.
- (n.) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed.
- (n.) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
- (n.) A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
- (n.) Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).
- (v. t.) To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
- (v. t.) To perform; to execute; to do.
- (v. t.) To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.
- (v. t.) To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
- (v. t.) To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
- (v. i.) To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.
- (v. i.) To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will.
- (v. i.) To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so.
- (v. i.) To perform on the stage; to represent a character.
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Definitions for: CAT
- (n.) An animal of various species of the genera Felis and Lynx. The domestic cat is Felis domestica. The European wild cat (Felis catus) is much larger than the domestic cat. In the United States the name wild cat is commonly applied to the bay lynx (Lynx rufus) See Wild cat, and Tiger cat.
- (n.) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
- (n.) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
- (n.) A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position in is placed.
- (n.) An old game; (a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See Tipcat. (c) A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.
- (n.) A cat o' nine tails. See below.
- (v. t.) To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.
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- (n.) A kind of customary payment by a tenant; -- a word used in old records.