animator

[an-uh-mey-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that animates.
2.
an artist who draws animated cartoons.
Also, animater.


Origin:
1625–35; < Late Latin; see animate, -tor

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animator or animater (ˈænɪˌmeɪtə)
 
n
1.  an artist who produces animated cartoons
2.  (Canadian) a person who coordinates or facilitates something, esp a television or radio presenter
 
animater or animater
 
n

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Word Origin & History

animator
1630s, "one who enlivens or inspires," from L. animator, agent noun from animare (see animate). Cinematographic sense is from 1919.
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Example sentences
Not having to attempt a duplication of reality liberates a good animator's imagination.
Any animator or story teller worth his salt knows that.
To do this, the animator identifies the location of its joints and facial features and attaches a set of control points to them.
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