- animated quality; liveliness; vivacity; spirit: to talk with animation.
- an act or instance of animating or enlivening.
- the state or condition of being animated.
- Graphic Arts
- 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
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Examples from the Web for animation
Shooting entirely on film, Davis personally oversaw the animation of the specters at his production studios in Indiana.
We animated them in white on a black background then burned them into the rest of the animation.
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
October 20, 2014
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
September 24, 2014
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
August 12, 2014
"Precisely what I wanted to reach," said Mrs. Roberts, with animation.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The birds, with their various song, gave an air of populousness and animation to the grove.Imogen
Their animation was almost like the animation of a nightmare.A Spirit in Prison
The soldiers were all delighted; the animation in the camp was still more pronounced.The Downfall
The animation of her face was clouded instantly as by a shadow of disappointment.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
- liveliness; vivacity
- the condition of being alive
- 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.
- The state of being alive.
- Liveliness; high spirits.