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1. An act that requires use of resources or time. In Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), an activity is represented by an arrow on a PERT chart.

2. In investing, the amount of a security's relative trading volume; that is, the amount of money flowing into and out of a security in trading. A high amount of activity means that many shares of the security are being bought and sold at a high rate, while a low level of activity indicates the opposite.


The amount of relative trading volume in a security.
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This is the classic, ethologic notion of displacement activity, the "hydraulic" model, and, as Overskeid indicates, it "has been discarded by most researchers.
The GenomiPhi method employs the biochemical properties of Phi29 DNA polymerase, a highly processive enzyme with excellent strand displacement activity and high fidelity, in combination with random-sequence hexamer primers to amplify DNA in an isothermal process.
Those who want to use today as a chance to allocate blame are going to engage themselves in a displacement activity," he said.
Roy is engaged in a redecorating frenzy this week, classic displacement activity as he can't stop brooding on what Hayley has said she wants to do before her terminal illness prevents her making her own decisions.
Commentators fail to appreciate that this is classic displacement activity and a crass waste of time and money, in terms of achieving anything positive.