from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A multicellular organism of the kingdom Animalia, differing from plants in certain typical characteristics such as capacity for locomotion, nonphotosynthetic metabolism, pronounced response to stimuli, restricted growth, and fixed bodily structure.
- n. An animal organism other than a human, especially a mammal.
- n. A person who behaves in a bestial or brutish manner.
- n. A human considered with respect to his or her physical, as opposed to spiritual, nature.
- n. A person having a specified aptitude or set of interests: "that rarest of musical animals, an instrumentalist who is as comfortable on a podium with a stick as he is playing his instrument” ( Lon Tuck).
- adj. Relating to, characteristic of, or derived from an animal or animals: animal fat.
- adj. Relating to the physical as distinct from the spiritual nature of people: animal instincts and desires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
- n. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
- n. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc)
- n. A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
- n. A person of a particular type.
- adj. Of or relating to animals.
- adj. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
- adj. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
- adj. Excellent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An organized living being endowed with sensation and the power of voluntary motion, and also characterized by taking its food into an internal cavity or stomach for digestion; by giving carbonic acid to the air and taking oxygen in the process of respiration; and by increasing in motive power or active aggressive force with progress to maturity.
- n. One of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as distinguished from man.
- adj. Of or relating to animals.
- adj. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part.
- adj. Consisting of the flesh of animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to sensation. See animal spirits, below.
- Having life; living; animate.
- Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a living being, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; of man, pertaining to those parts of his nature which he shares with inferior animals.
- Of, pertaining to, or derived from animals.
- n. A sentient living being; an individual, organized, animated, and sentient portion of matter; in zoology, one of the Animalia; a member of the animal kingdom, as distinguished from a vegetable or a mineral.
- n. An inferior or irrational sentient being, in contradistinction to man; a brute; a beast: as, men and animals.
- n. A contemptuous term for a human being in whom the animal nature has the ascendancy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by the appetites and passions of the body
- n. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Middle English, from Latin, from animāle, neuter of animālis, living, from anima, soul; see anə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis, from anima ("breath, spirit"). Displaced native Middle English deor, der ("animal") (from Old English dēor ("animal")), Middle English reother ("animal, neat") (from Old English hrīþer, hrȳþer ("neat, ox")). (Wiktionary)
From Latin animalis, from either anima ("breath, spirit") or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it. (Wiktionary)