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
  1. 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.
  2. the process of preparing such animation, as for films, cartoons, video games, etc.
  3. a product of such animation, as a film or cartoon.

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 formsin·ter·an·i·ma·tion, nounnon·an·i·ma·tion, nouno·ver·an·i·ma·tion, noun

Synonyms for animation

Antonyms for animation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for animation

Contemporary Examples of animation

Historical Examples of animation

  • "Precisely what I wanted to reach," said Mrs. Roberts, with animation.

  • The birds, with their various song, gave an air of populousness and animation to the grove.


    William Godwin

  • Their animation was almost like the animation of a nightmare.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The soldiers were all delighted; the animation in the camp was still more pronounced.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • The animation of her face was clouded instantly as by a shadow of disappointment.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for animation




The state of being alive.
Liveliness; high spirits.
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