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activity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n activity any specific behavior "they avoided all recreational activity"
    • n activity the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically "the level of activity declines with age"
    • n activity an organic process that takes place in the body "respiratory activity"
    • n activity a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings) "the action of natural forces","volcanic activity"
    • n activity the state of being active "his sphere of activity","he is out of action"
    • n activity (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction "catalytic activity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the past 60 years, the groundhog has only predicted the weather correctly 28% of the time. The rushing back and forth from burrows is believed to indicate sexual activity, not shadow seeking
    • n Activity 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bozeman, Montana, has a law that bans all sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundownif they're nude. (Apparently, if you wear socks, you're safe from the law!)
    • n activity The state of action; doing.
    • n activity Activeness; the quality of acting promptly and energetically.
    • n activity An exercise of energy or force; an active movement or operation; a mode or course of action.
    • n activity In physical, a term introduced by Sir William Thomson as an equivalent of “rate of doing work,” or the rate per unit of time at which energy is given out by a working system.
    • n activity A physical or gymnastic exercise; an agile performance.
    • n activity In. psychology, a self-determination of mental process, experienced or inferred, especially characteristic of the conative consciousness. The term has been variously and loosely used in modern psychology. In those systems which are still dominated by philosophical influences it denotes a primary and irreducible experience of self-causation or free initiative. To the psychologist who looks upon mind as a system of organic functions activity is given with the direction of the course of consciousness, knowingly or unknowingly, upon a determinate end: a particular mental process is the first term of a definite series, the remaining members of which it evokes in their order, while the series reaches its natural conclusion when the end is attained. In this sense, however, mental activity becomes practically synonymous with mental function itself, since the limiting cases of anoëtic sentience and involuntary movement are still self-determined in just so far as consciousness is in volved in them. Lastly, there are psychologists who, investigating mind as a stream of mental processes, predicate of it neither activity nor passivity, but hold that the autithesis of active and passive has no more place within psychology than the antithesis of subjective and objective. However, they still employ the terms, in obedience to traditional usage, as descriptive names of mental states or mental complexes; they speak, for example, of ‘active’ attention, meaning attention that is equiv rally conditioned; and of a ‘feeling of activity’ which accompanies the state of active attention. Such a terminology, however harmless in intention, can only add to the existing confusion.
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Quotations

  • Greg Anderson
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    “... focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
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    “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.”
  • Hannah Arendt
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    “We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. activité, LL. activitas,

Usage

In literature:

But there was a riot of stir and activity, in expectation of our boat.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It was due partly to the national gloom that overspread the people during the Civil War that I took to the lecture platform actively.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
Yet no European troops had had so much recent experience of active service.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Sex activity is the result of sex impulse.
"The Social Emergency" by Various
Another forward step is graded Bible study, graded athletics, graded service, graded social life, and graded mental activities.
"The Boy and the Sunday School" by John L. Alexander
Long, an effortless activity; short, a more strenuous activity.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
In body he was robust, vigorous and active: in spirit he had long reaches of faith and hope and love.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
In this sector there was considerable mining activity.
"The Story of the "9th King's" in France" by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
But the child's activity does seriously interfere with parental peace.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
Perhaps the ideal illuminant, which is most generally satisfactory for general activities, is a white light corresponding to noon sunlight.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
Passive, and active factor in perception, 27; and active illusion, 45.
"Illusions" by James Sully
The active part taken by Mr.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Its use is not contra-indicated in any lesion of active syphilis.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
He was a zealous military student, physically extremely active, and constantly on the watch for any relaxation of discipline.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
The tense sign and the personal endings are added as in the active.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
His scholarship was tempered with the wisdom of an active and clear-headed man of the world.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
Beaverhead has had nine Protestant churches, of which six are now active.
"The Church on the Changing Frontier" by Helen O. Belknap
As a result there was little activity of other kinds of reptiles that month, but five-lined skinks were active on most days.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
Their life activities are stilled until the coming of warm weather.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
For the modern man industrial activity is the only temporal occupation, the only practical activity.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
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In poetry:

With active zeal, which no cold medium knew,
Nor party ruled, nor prejudice confined,
But, to thy heart's spontaneous impulse true,
Thou gay'st thy country ALL thy mighty mind.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
But patience, if you please: attend I pray
You've no conception what I meant to say:
The playful fair was actively employ'd,
In plucking am'rous flow'rs—they kiss'd and toy'd.
"The Servant Girl Justified" by Jean de La Fontaine
—Say, why did heaven such active powers bestow,
Progressive still, and boundless in their aim?
Was it to grasp the paltry things below,
And waste in vain their never-dying flame?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
When Sol darts his beams over meadow and moor,
The Bee, ever active, exploreth each flower,
Returns home with honey to lay up in store,
To serve him when winter around him doth roar.
"The Bee" by Samuel Bamford
viii. The Consummation
Now the long day of His creation ends;
In that perfection which at first was willed
Activity its happy speed susupends.
Nothing is lost and nothing unfulfilled.
"Night" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
IV. Now through the mazy figure flying,
With some (less active) partner vying,
And full of gig;
Now warm with exercise and pleasure,
Each pulse beats wildly to the measure
Of the gay jig!
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Missouri Task Force 1 awaits assignment after activation .
Boise, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Boise Firefighters with a full high rise response yesterday afternoon at 3:51pm after a candle caused a sprinkler activation at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise.
Telus scraps $35 activation fee for cellphones.
Burnaby-based Telus is dropping activation fees.
Where in Active Directory is the Active Directory-Based Activation information stored.
Don't modify this object directly--always use the Volume Activation Tool.
What is Active Directory-Based Activation (ADBA).
HEINEKEN Appoints Senior Director, Trade Marketing Activation .
Customers Whose Service Has Not Been Restored Urged to Call Utility to Schedule Meter Activation and Relighting of Gas Appliances.
We're not seeing any widespread delays at this time, though customers may experience minor wait times as more devices are activated.
Some AT&T customers have been reporting problems with activations, but AT&T says that it's not seeing any widespread delays at this time.
Universal Service Activation Key to Competing Effectively.
NASA's Swift survey finds "smoking gun" of black hole activation .
Maximize Muscle Activation for Strength Gains.
Do slight changes in body position affect muscle activation during strength exercises.
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In science:

Another advantage of SAT solvers is that they track which Boolean variables are involved in the most failures (called active variables), and use a powerful autonomous search procedure which concentrates on the variables that are most active.
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
Otherwise the shortest path from the source v0 to an activity i determines the earliest possible start time for i, i.e. −w(v0 → i) where w(.) is the length of the path and the shortest path from an activity i to the sink vn+1 the latest possible start time for i in any schedule, tmax + w(i → vn+1 ).
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
Activities in Disjunction Two activities i and j ∈ V are in disjunction, if they cannot be executed at the same time, i.e. their resource requirement for at least one resource k ∈ R is bigger than the available capacity: rik + rj k > Rk .
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
The detection which activity runs before the other can be further improved by considering the domains of the start times, and the minimal distances in the activity-onnode-network (see e.g.
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
In each branch it selects the literal with the highest activity counter where an activity counter is assigned to each literal, and is increased during conflict analysis if the literal is related to the conflict.
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
For a sufficiently small ε, it is always possible to maintain the accuracy of the network with continuous activation values, although the resulting number of different discrete activations can be impractically large.
RGANN: An Efficient Algorithm to Extract Rules from ANNs
With synchronous operations, all the entities in the chain of command (client, workflow engine, broker, processing services) must remain up for the duration of the activity. If any component goes down or stops then the context of the activity is lost and the must be restarted.
Mining Knowledge in Astrophysical Massive Data Sets
In Section 3, we study the variance of price increments and show that if it closely follows the trading activity, the variance per trade over some fixed time interval is not constant and increases for strong activity periods.
The nature of price returns during periods of high market activity
This map of measures of cerebral activity, also termed activation map, is plagued by several sources of uncertainty: the natural variability of brain activity, and the estimation noise induced by the MRI scanner.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
Activation maps associated with a given contrast are obtained for each sub ject, as described above, and used as input data for inference at the between-sub ject level, where the goal is to evidence a general brain activity pattern.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
Individual sub ject activation map Our first illustration concerns the activation map of a single sub ject, for the “sentence– checkerboard” contrast.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
The random thresholds with fixed and variable windows yield very similar activation maps in this case, which seem to capture the activated regions seen in the raw map.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
Group activation map In this second example, we consider a group activation map, specifically a map of tstatistics computed from the individual contrast maps of 15 sub jects, thus enabling to infer regions of positive mean effects in the parent population.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
We report results for the “calculation–sentences” contrast, which subtracts activations due to reading or hearing instructions from the overall activations detected during the mental calculation tasks.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
Figure 6, left, shows an axial slice from the activation map before thresholding, with clear activations in the bilateral anterior cingulate (upper middle), bilateral parietal (lower left and right) and right precentral (upper right) regions, all known to be involved in number processing .
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
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