animated quality; liveliness; vivacity; spirit: to talk with animation.
an act or instance of animating or enlivening.
the state or condition of being animated.
the process of preparing animated cartoons.

1590–1600; 1910–15 for def 4; (< Middle French) < Latin animātiōn- (stem of animātiō a bestowing of life). See animate, -ion

interanimation, noun
nonanimation, noun
overanimation, noun

1. vigor, energy; enthusiasm, ardor; exhilaration, sprightliness.

1. sluggishness. Unabridged
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animation (ˌænɪˈmeɪʃən)
1.  liveliness; vivacity
2.  the condition of being alive
3.  a.  the techniques used in the production of animated cartoons
 b.  a variant of animated cartoon

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "action of imparting life," from L. animationem (nom. animatio), noun of action from animatus, pp. of animare (see animate). Meaning "vitality" is from 1610s. Cinematographic sense is from 1912.
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Medical Dictionary

animation an·i·ma·tion (ān'ə-mā'shən)

  1. The state of being alive.

  2. Liveliness; high spirits.

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Computing Dictionary

animation definition

The creation of artificial moving images.
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Example sentences
IF you are planning to make an animated commercial, you might go to one of the
  traditional animation houses.
So maybe my bizarre sense of animation came from gratefulness.
By default, the animation shows where the bodies are at the time shown in the
  bottom left corner of the animation window.
For one thing, the quality of the show's animation is uneven.
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