From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Active \Ac"tive\, a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.]
   1. 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.
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   2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body;
      nimble; as, an active child or animal.
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            Active and nervous was his gait.      --Wordsworth.
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   3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; --
      opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as,
      active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
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   4. 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.
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   5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to
      sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or
      service; active scenes.
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   6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical;
      operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical;
      as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
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   7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
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   8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease;
      an active remedy.
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   9. (Gram.)
      (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to
          passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
      (b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts
          upon or affects something else; transitive.
      (c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct
          from mere existence or state.
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   Active capital, Active wealth, money, or property that
      may readily be converted into money.
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   Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick;
        sprightly; prompt; energetic.
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