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[an-uh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of animation
1590-1600; 1910-15 for def 4; (< Middle French) < Latin animātiōn- (stem of animātiō a bestowing of life). See animate, -ion
Related forms
interanimation, noun
nonanimation, noun
overanimation, noun
1. vigor, energy; enthusiasm, ardor; exhilaration, sprightliness.
1. sluggishness. Unabridged
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  • It was notably during the presidency of Felix Faure that Rambouillet again took on its animation of former times.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • At last his look met hers, and the animation of it softened at once, grew gentle.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She talked with animation for about a quarter of an hour, then kissed the nervous sufferer, and went away.

  • He looked at her attentively, his handsome face aglow with animation.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But let thought be considered as some peculiar substance, which permeates, and is the cause of, the animation of living beings.

British Dictionary definitions for animation


liveliness; vivacity
the condition of being alive
  1. the techniques used in the production of animated cartoons
  2. a variant of animated cartoon
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Word Origin and History for animation

1590s, "action of imparting life," from Latin animationem (nominative animatio) "an animating," noun of action from past participle stem of animare (see animate (v.)). Meaning "vitality" is from 1610s. Cinematographic sense is from 1912.

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animation in Medicine

animation an·i·ma·tion (ān'ə-mā'shən)

  1. The state of being alive.

  2. Liveliness; high spirits.

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animation in Technology
The creation of artificial moving images.
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