an·​i·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce animation (audio) \

Definition of animation

1 : the act of animating : the state of being animate or animated
3 : the preparation of animated cartoons

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 website has hundreds of animations you can download.
Recent Examples on the Web One-stop shop for production concerns, consulting on live action, animation, VFX and post-production work and assessing TRIP eligibility applications. Ben Croll, Variety, 10 May 2022 The works of art from students in grades 7-12 represented all mediums, including photography, animation, 2-D and 3-D. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The footage was a blend of concerts, animation, interviews and, of course, electrifying music some of which featured Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 Artist's animation of a micronova, a new type of stellar explosion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 The animation — particularly during the plentiful action sequences, and especially during the car chases — is sharp and fast and wonderful to watch. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 That likely means television, whether live-action, animation, or some combination thereof. Damian Garde, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 An animation showing different exoplanet detection methods. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 25 Mar. 2022 This, and Toronto’s Chinatown, where Mei and her family live, are all brought to life by the impressive animation, which nearly pounces off the screen. Tyler Bey, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of animation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of animation was in 1597

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“Animation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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an·​i·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce animation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce animation (audio) \

Medical Definition of animation

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

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