Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or result of imparting life, interest, spirit, motion, or activity.
  • n. The quality or condition of being alive, active, spirited, or vigorous.
  • n. The art or process of preparing animated cartoons.
  • n. An animated cartoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of animating, or giving life or spirit.
  • n. The technique of making inanimate objects or drawings appear to move in motion pictures or computer graphics.
  • n. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness
  • n. The condition of being animate or alive.
  • n. conversion from the inanimate to animate grammatical category

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of animating, or giving life or spirit; the state of being animate or alive.
  • n. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of animating or the state of being animated.
  • n. Liveliness; briskness; the state of being full of spirit and vigor: as, he recited the story with great animation.
  • n. The appearance of activity or life: as, the animation of a picture or statue. Attribution of life to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the making of animated cartoons
  • n. the condition of living or the state of being alive
  • n. quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
  • n. the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something
  • n. general activity and motion
  • n. the property of being able to survive and grow

Etymologies

From Latin animatio, from animare. (Wiktionary)

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