an·i·ma·tion | \ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of animation 

1 : the act of animating : the state of being animate or animated

3 : the preparation of animated cartoons

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Examples of animation in a Sentence

The animation for the film took over two years to complete. The studio used computer animation for some of the special effects. The Web site has hundreds of animations you can download.
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Among the programs are ones devoted to international films, experimental works, surf and skate films, and animation. Pam Grady,, "Reel Local News: Frameline announces festival winners," 5 July 2018 Google Doodle animations on the Fourth of July in the past featured traditionally patriotic imagery, with American flags and bald eagles. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "The Fourth of July Google Doodle Celebrates Each State's Most Popular Holiday Recipes," 3 July 2018 Watch as the region’s culinary history plays itself out on your plate through cinematic animations that dance around the table and walls and, of course, with the food itself. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 The fireworks and lanterns that littered the final fight scene in front of the palace were beautiful in '90s-style 2-D animation. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018 In the past year, we were nominated for a regional Emmy for our video storytelling and animation as a part of our deep report on Saving Salmon. idahostatesman, "Meet the new faces in our newsroom," 15 June 2018 Using puppetry, makeup and stop-motion animation, The Thing is able to depict nightmarish creatures with unrivaled acumen. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: What's on your bucket list, Cincinnati sports fans?," 14 June 2018 These two excellent programs collect short puppet animations by Stephen and Timothy Quay, identical twins from Pennsylvania who studied at Britain's Royal College of Art in the late 60s. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / On Video Five masters of stop-motion animation," 12 June 2018 For longer-term storage, historians could store GIF and video versions of an animation alongside detailed metadata about the original GIF file, which would serve as a sort of instruction manual for authentic rendering. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Absurdly Complicated Art of GIF Preservation," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of animation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to animation

with animation

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The first known use of animation was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of animation

: a lively or excited quality

: a way of making a movie by using a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of objects (such as puppets or models) that are slightly different from one another and that when viewed quickly one after another create the appearance of movement

: a movie or brief scene that is made this way


an·i·ma·tion | \ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of animation

1 : a lively or excited quality She spoke with animation about her trip.

2 : a way of making a movie by using slightly different pictures that when shown quickly in a series create the appearance of movement


an·i·ma·tion | \ˌan-ə-ˈmā-shən \

Medical Definition of animation 

: the state of being animate or animated — see suspended animation

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