- a dynamic visual medium produced from static drawings, models, or objects posed in a series of incremental movements that are then rapidly sequenced to give the illusion of lifelike motion.
- the process of preparing such animation, as for films, cartoons, video games, etc.
- a product of such animation, as a film or cartoon.
Origin of animation
Examples from the Web for animation
Shooting entirely on film, Davis personally oversaw the animation of the specters at his production studios in Indiana.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons|Rich Goldstein|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So it was fun to see how they strung those together and had the hybrid between live-action and animation.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer|Kevin Fallon|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The animation is beautifully rendered and the storytelling top notch even if the pacing is, at times, erratic.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin|David Levesley|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He claimed that his work as Genie was a favor to company, which he considered the “Rolls-Royce of animation.”The Genie Is Free: Robin Williams's Complicated Relationship With Disney|Kevin Fallon|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Future Care Bears producer Clive A. Smith was on board as animation director.The Cult of Boba Fett: The ‘Star Wars’ Bounty Hunter’s Spin-Off|Rich Goldstein|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I have picked some field tansies," she went on, with some animation.The Rendezvous|Ivan Turgenev
He was in the midst of a story, all life and animation, when the gruff words of the sentinel broke in so abruptly upon him.The Frontier Angel|Edward S. Ellis
Mrs. Gaunt was walking elastically, and discoursing with great fire and animation.
Mothers liked his animation and ready gallantry; fathers found him equally responsive on more serious matters of conversation.Stephen A. Douglas|Allen Johnson
Sounds issued through his lips, but, despite all their animation, these proved to be but empty sounds to the eager brothers.The Lost City|Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for animation
- the techniques used in the production of animated cartoons
- a variant of animated cartoon
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.