In a strict symmetric monoidal category $D$ with unit $\mathbf{1}$, symmetry $\tau$, left and right unit coherences $l$ and $r$, a map $\triangleright : C\otimes A\to A$ of a (counital) comonoid $(C,\Delta_C,\epsilon)$ on a (unital) monoid $(A,\mu_A,\eta_A)$ is a measuring, or we say that $C$ measures $A$ if
and
In Sweedler notation, we also write $c\triangleright (ab) = \sum (c_{(1)}\triangleright a)(c_{(2)}\triangleright b)$ and $c\triangleright 1_A = \epsilon(c) 1_A$. A Hopf action is a special case of measuring which is also an action of a bimonoid where $B=(C,\mu_C)$. Measurings are used to define the (cocycled) crossed product algebras, see also cleft extension (of an algebra by a bialgebra). For measurings and module algebras see
S. Montgomery, Hopf algebras and their actions on rings, CBMS 82, AMS 1993.
A. Klimyk, K. Schmüdgen, Quantum groups and their representations, Springer, 1997;
and for (co)module (co)algebras and generalizations see also
There are also more elaborate versions of measurings, which play role in a Galois theory, see
If $U$ and $V$ are $k$-algebras measured by a $k$-coalgebra $C$ and $M$ is a $U$-$V$-bimodule, then we say that $M$ is measured by $C$, if there is a $k$-bilinear map $\triangleright_M:C\otimes M\to M$ such that for all $u\in U$, $v\in V$, $m\in M$, $c\in C$,
If $C$ is in addition a $k$-bialgebra and $\triangleright_U,\triangleright_V,\triangleright_M$ actions of $H$, we say that a measuring is Hopf action of $C$ on the $U$-$V$-bimodule $M$. For Hopf actions on bimodules, one can define a bimodule version of a (Hopf) smash product algebra, see Hopf smash product bimodule.