[ an-uh-mey-shuhn ]
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  1. animated quality; liveliness; vivacity; spirit: to talk with animation.

  2. an act or instance of animating or enlivening.

  1. the state or condition of being animated.

  2. 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

1590–1600; 1910–15 for def. 4; (<Middle French ) <Latin animātiōn- (stem of animātiō a bestowing of life). See animate, -ion

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Other words from animation

  • in·ter·an·i·ma·tion, noun
  • non·an·i·ma·tion, noun
  • o·ver·an·i·ma·tion, noun

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How to use animation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for animation


/ (ˌænɪˈmeɪʃən) /

  1. liveliness; vivacity

  2. the condition of being alive

    • the techniques used in the production of animated cartoons

    • a variant of animated cartoon

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