Definition of animation in English:


Syllabification: an·i·ma·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈmāSHən


  • 1The state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness: they started talking with animation
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    More 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    More 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.

More definitions of animation

Definition of animation in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space