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animation Syllabification: an·i·ma·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈmāSH(ə)n/

Definition of animation in English:


1The state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness: they started talking with animation
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  • Her back was to me, but I could imagine her face, eyes sparkling with animation, her full attention on him, not slightly off to the side as it often was.
  • Her animation and liveliness engaged her young students, as evidenced by the children's laughter and high degree of participation.
  • They'd gone to a Karnal concert, and the girl who'd been talking with vibrant animation in her voice, turned to the guy.
1.1chiefly archaic The state of being alive.
Example sentences
  • He argues that Western societies generally have regarded abortions occurring before the fetus showed signs of animation as not criminal in nature.
  • Even immobile beings that show no signs of animation or spirituality harbors within it the divine life-force that brought it into being.
2The technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence: [as modifier]: animation techniques animations as backdrops for live action
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  • In creating his animations, he films the drawings as he adds or erases the images.
  • Paintings, drawings, animations and at last the feature films all augment our appreciation of Lord of the Rings.
  • Many of the images come from Hollywood movies, including Walt Disney animations.
2.1 (also computer animation) The manipulation of electronic images by means of a computer in order to create moving images.
Example sentences
  • It needs Flash and sound to get the full effect, but underneath the excellent animation is a great site concerned with factory farming and local food production.
  • The computer animation is top-notch and the characters are delightful and entertaining for the most part.
  • High levels of detail are also noticeable in player movements and animations.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'encouragement'): from Latin animatio(n-), from animare 'instill with life' (see animate). Sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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