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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That lines up with the animation below showing notifications for alarms, calendar events, messages, and music. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Animation reveals possible Google Pixel wireless charging stand," 21 Sep. 2018 In fact, the trailer doesn’t skimp on revealing many of the film’s big-ticket dance sequences, which, like the original, combine live action with animation. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Emily Blunt Is Absolute Magic in the New "Mary Poppins Returns" Trailer," 17 Sep. 2018 The lighter, speckled, swirling bottom of the animation represents the upper part of Europa's ocean that meets the ice. Chelsea Gohd,, "Europa’s Buried Ocean Could Rise to the Surface (Video)," 11 July 2018 Her lines, careful and full of intention, smoothly flow from thick to fine, creating a sense of animation. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 The audience was also treated to an exclusive look at the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, the follow up to the 2015 stop-animation hit that earned some $110 million worldwide. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "CineEurope: StudioCanal Teases 'Radioactive,' 'Secret Garden' and 'Shaun the Sheep 2'," 11 June 2018 The cartoons, which returned to the airwaves from 1993 to 1999, focused on teaching children school subjects like history, math, and grammar through songs set to animation. Nick Vadala,, "'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and performer Bob Dorough dies in Pa. home at 94," 24 Apr. 2018 According to the animation, eleven people were killed on the first floor and six on the third during the rampage, which lasted less than seven minutes. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Heart-wrenching animation shows where victims were killed at Stoneman Douglas," 24 Apr. 2018 The quality of the shorts this year varies more than most, with the power of the live-action entries eclipsing the animation nominees. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "See popular Oscar-nominated shorts program at the DIA beginning this weekend," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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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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