animation

noun
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

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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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There was simply no way to realize the world without heavy use of digital animation. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "How Weta Digital created the steampunk world of Mortal Engines," 21 Dec. 2018 They’re classicist in many ways, but they’re executed in the modern styles of computer animation. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 Though the premise is taken from a live-action television film, the story seems well suited to the free-form possibilities of animation. Shunji Iwai, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Fireworks,’ Second Chances, but No Magic," 3 July 2018 And the animation is beautiful enough that adults might just want to settle in and watch it, too. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 The animation is glorious, and more faithful to its comic-book roots than any big-screen graphics in the past. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Review: Animation Better Than Life," 13 Dec. 2018 The Ghibli Museum features the world-famous Japanese studio’s art, including exploration of founder Hayao Miyazaki’s approach to animation, featuring renowned characters such as Totoro. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 This animation is jarring, with the latter app seeming to bounce up at you. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Android’s new multitasking is terrible and should be changed back," 20 Oct. 2018 The industry benchmark in North America has been submarines with animation and mechanical fish. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of animation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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animation

noun

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

animation

noun
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

animation

noun
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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