late 14c., from L. directus "straight," pp. of dirigere "set straight"
Mid-14c., "cause or grounds for a lawsuit," from Anglo-Fr.accioun, O.Fr.accion(12c.) "action, lawsuit, case," from L.actionem(nom.actio) "a putting in motion; a performing, doing," noun of action from pp. stem ofagere"to do". Sense of "something done, an act, deed" is late 14c. Meaning "fighting" is from c.1600. As a film director's command, it is attested from 1923. Meaning "excitement" is recorded from 1968. Phraseactions speak louder than wordsis attested from 1731.
Short-duration strikes and other small-scale offensive actions conducted as a special operation in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments and which employ specialized military capabilities to seize, destroy, capture, exploit, recover, or damage designated targets. Direct action differs from conventional offensive actions in the level of physical and political risk, operational techniques, and the degree of discriminate and precise use of force to achieve specific objectives. Also called DA. See also special operations; special operations forces.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
A protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
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