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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The propaganda clip even uses an animation of the app itself to drive its point home. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Israel is making the case for war, in public, against Lebanon," 30 Aug. 2019 This is a 10x speed animation captured with the small monitor camera (CAM-H) during 2nd touchdown. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Watch a Japanese spacecraft grab another sample from an asteroid," 27 July 2019 Panel attendees got a look at the new 3-D animation of Scooby in a feature film due out next year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Sesame Street, you look great at 50. You too, Scooby Doo.," 20 July 2019 Quavo’s lens -- which brought to life the artwork for his 2018 solo album, Quavo Huncho, as an animation -- garnered 5.68 million views and nearly 200,000 shares alone, according to Nicoll. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Meet Snapchat's Go-To Designer For Every Artist-Based Lenses," 28 June 2019 WPA PoolGetty Images To celebrate the birth of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received a personalized animation from Disney. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 The troupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a June 30 gala performance featuring 10 performances by current and past company members, and video by nine visual artists, including an original animation by Kathy Rose. Nancy G. Heller,, "Group Motion, Philly's modern dance innovator, throws itself a 50th birthday bash for the ages," 27 June 2018 Previously, certain Snapchat Lenses could only respond to facial gestures — for example opening your mouth, or raising your eyebrows might trigger an animation. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Snapchat Releases First Lens That Responds to Sound," 29 May 2018 There are echoes of Matisse in his ambush of colors and patterns, and shades of van Gogh in his animation of the landscape. Julianne Mcshane, New York Times, "Labor Day Art Guide: Summer Shows to See Before They Close," 29 Aug. 2019

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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 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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