[ an-uh-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən /
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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.



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Origin of animation

1590–1600; 1910–15 for def. 4; (<Middle French ) <Latin animātiōn- (stem of animātiō a bestowing of life). See animate, -ion
in·ter·an·i·ma·tion, nounnon·an·i·ma·tion, nouno·ver·an·i·ma·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for animation

/ (ˌænɪˈmeɪʃən) /


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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Medical definitions for animation

[ ăn′ə-māshən ]


The state of being alive.
Liveliness; high spirits.
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