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Idle vs. Active

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Idleadjective

(obsolete) Empty, vacant.

Activeadjective

Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting;—opposed to passive, that receives.

‘certain active principles’; ‘the active powers of the mind’;

Idleadjective

Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.

‘idle hours’; ‘My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.’;

Activeadjective

Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.

‘an active child or animal’;

Idleadjective

Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.

‘idle workmen’;

Activeadjective

In action; actually proceeding; working; in force

‘active laws’; ‘active hostilities’;

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Idleadjective

Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.

‘an idle fellow’;

Activeadjective

Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant

Idleadjective

Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.

‘an idle story;’; ‘idle talk;’; ‘idle rumor’;

Activeadjective

Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy

‘an active man of business’; ‘active mind’; ‘active zeal’;

Idleadjective

(obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.

Activeadjective

Requiring or implying action or exertion

‘active employment or service’; ‘active scenes’;

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Idleverb

(transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.

Activeadjective

Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative

‘an active rather than a speculative statesman’;

Idleverb

(intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

‘to idle in an IRC channel’;

Activeadjective

Brisk; lively.

‘an active demand for corn’;

Idleverb

(intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

Activeadjective

Implying or producing rapid action.

‘an active disease’; ‘an active remedy’;

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Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle animation.

Activeadjective

About verbs.

Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle game.

Activeadjective

Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.

Idleadjective

Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.

‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’; ‘Down their idle weapons dropped.’; ‘This idle story became important.’;

Activeadjective

Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

Idleadjective

Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.

‘The idle spear and shield were high uphing.’;

Activeadjective

Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.

Idleadjective

Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.

‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’;

Activeadjective

Capable of being processed by a compiler or interpreter.

Idleadjective

Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.

Activeadjective

(gay sexual slang) of a homosexual man enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.

Idleadjective

Light-headed; foolish.

Activenoun

A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

Idleverb

To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.

Activeadjective

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.

Idleverb

To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.

Activeadjective

Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

‘Active and nervous was his gait.’;

Idleverb

run disconnected or idle;

‘the engine is idling’;

Activeadjective

In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.

Idleverb

be idle; exist in a changeless situation;

‘The old man sat and stagnated on his porch’; ‘He slugged in bed all morning’;

Activeadjective

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.

Idleadjective

not in action or at work;

‘an idle laborer’; ‘idle drifters’; ‘the idle rich’; ‘an idle mind’;

Activeadjective

Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

Idleadjective

without a basis in reason or fact;

‘baseless gossip’; ‘the allegations proved groundless’; ‘idle fears’; ‘unfounded suspicions’; ‘unwarranted jealousy’;

Activeadjective

Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

Idleadjective

not in active use;

‘the machinery sat idle during the strike’; ‘idle hands’;

Activeadjective

Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

Idleadjective

silly or trivial;

‘idle pleasure’; ‘light banter’; ‘light idle chatter’;

Activeadjective

Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.

Idleadjective

lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;

‘idle talk’; ‘a loose tongue’;

Activeadjective

Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.

Idleadjective

not yielding a return;

‘dead capital’; ‘idle funds’;

Activenoun

chemical agent capable of activity

Idleadjective

not having a job;

‘idle carpenters’; ‘jobless transients’; ‘many people in the area were out of work’;

Activenoun

the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb;

‘`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice’;

Activenoun

a person devoted to the active life

Activeadjective

tending to become more severe or wider in scope;

‘active tuberculosis’;

Activeadjective

engaged in or ready for military or naval operations;

‘on active duty’; ‘the platoon is combat-ready’; ‘review the fighting forces’;

Activeadjective

disposed to take action or effectuate change;

‘a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations’; ‘an active antagonism’; ‘he was active in drawing attention to their grievances’;

Activeadjective

taking part in an activity;

‘an active member of the club’; ‘he was politically active’; ‘the participating organizations’;

Activeadjective

characterized by energetic activity;

‘an active toddler’; ‘active as a gazelle’; ‘an active man is a man of action’;

Activeadjective

exerting influence or producing an effect;

‘an active ingredient’;

Activeadjective

full of activity or engaged in continuous activity;

‘an active seaport’; ‘an active bond market’; ‘an active account’;

Activeadjective

in operation;

‘keep hope alive’; ‘the tradition was still alive’; ‘an active tradition’;

Activeadjective

of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions

Activeadjective

expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:

‘Hemingway favors active constructions’;

Activeadjective

expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')

Activeadjective

(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt;

‘active volcanos’; ‘an extinct volcano’;

Activeadjective

producing activity or change

Activeadjective

engaged in full-time work;

‘active duty’; ‘though past retirement age he is still active in his profession’;

Activeadjective

being in physical motion;

‘active fish in the aquarium’;

Activeadjective

characterized by energetic bodily activity;

‘tennis is an active sport’; ‘a very physical dance performance’;

Activeadjective

engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits

‘although he was seventy he was still robust and active’;

Activeadjective

(of a person's mind or imagination) alert and lively

‘Caroline nodded slowly, her active mind already racing ahead’;

Activeadjective

pursuing an occupation or activity at a particular place or in a particular way

‘sexually active teenagers’; ‘a politically active student body’; ‘tigers are active mainly at night’; ‘the artist was active in the 1920s’;

Activeadjective

participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity in a positive or spontaneous rather than a passive way

‘she was an active member of the society’; ‘he enjoyed the active support of the government’; ‘he had never been very active in the affairs of the institute’;

Activeadjective

(of a thing) working; operative

‘the old watermill was active until 1960’;

Activeadjective

(of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback

‘the receiver is continuously active whenever the vehicle ignition is switched on’;

Activeadjective

(of a volcano) that is erupting or has erupted in historical times

‘the volcano became active on 28 March last year’; ‘Etna is Europe's highest and most active volcano’;

Activeadjective

(of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent

‘active colitis’;

Activeadjective

having a chemical or biological effect on something

‘active ingredients’;

Activeadjective

denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to the passive form he was loved).

Activenoun

an active form of a verb.

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