Actual cautery


Actual cautery
Actual Ac"tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Her walking and other actual performances. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to {potential}, {possible}, {virtual}, {speculative}, {conceivable}, {theoretical}, or {nominal}; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion. [1913 Webster]

3. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country. [1913 Webster]

{Actual cautery}. See under {Cautery}.

{Actual sin} (Theol.), that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to ``original sin.'' [1913 Webster]

Syn: Real; genuine; positive; certain. See {Real}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.