a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.
Other definitions for Acton (2 of 2)
Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron, 1834–1902, English historian.
a former municipal borough in SE England, now part of the London borough of Ealing: center of Puritanism at the time of Cromwell.
a city in NE Massachusetts.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use acton in a sentence
Odd, that when she had ceased to act, she should be sent to Act-on!
British Dictionary definitions for acton (1 of 4)
a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
a leather jacket padded with mail
British Dictionary definitions for act on (2 of 4)
to regulate one's behaviour in accordance with (advice, information, etc)
to have an effect on (illness, a part of the body, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for Acton (3 of 4)
a district of the London borough of Ealing
British Dictionary definitions for Acton (4 of 4)
John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone
his grandfather, Sir John Francis Edward. 1736–1811, European naval commander and statesman: admiral of Tuscany (1774–79) and Naples (1779 onwards) and chief minister of Naples (1779–1806)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with acton
Also, act upon. Conduct oneself in accordance with or as a result of information or another action, as in I will act on my lawyer's advice, or The manager refused to act upon the hotel guest's complaints. [c. 1800]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.