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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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Examples from the web for animation
  • 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.
  • Skillfully incorporating sound into your animation can guarantee your project's success.
  • The former animation instructor isn't buying that explanation.
  • Even bacteria that cause strep throat can be beautiful, as seen in the above animation of the body's immune system response.
  • Click on the picture for a short animation of this form of stellar demise.
  • From his first moments, the calf charmed the keepers, waving his tiny trunk with animation.
  • Ask them to read this page and look at the animation.
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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