Definition of animation in English:

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Pronunciation: /anɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The state of being full of life or vigour; 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.
liveliness, spirit, high spirits, spiritedness, high-spiritedness, energy, enthusiasm, eagerness, excitement, vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, vitality, vibrancy, exuberance, ebullience, buoyancy, bounciness, bounce, perkiness, sprightliness, verve, zest, sparkle, dash, elan, brio;
fire, fieriness, passion, dynamism, forcefulness, intensity, ardour, fervour
informal chirpiness, pep, vim, zing, go, get-up-and-go
1.1chiefly archaic The state of being alive: the body began to show tiny signs of animation
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  • 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 film is shown as a sequence: a combination of live action with 3-D animation [count noun]: 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.
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  • 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.
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