animation

noun

an·​i·​ma·​tion ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce animation (audio)
1
: the act of animating : the state of being animate or animated
2
3
: the preparation of animated cartoons

Example Sentences

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 Stylistically, the piece is charming, with everything from the retro look to the stiff walking animation, to Marge's actual trombone practice standing in for adults' voices evoking some autumnal nostalgia. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 30 Oct. 2022 The legs were soon revealed to be an animation, and not yet a working feature. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 However, just as the first domed stadium was here in Houston, so too was the first clapping hands animation. Michael Schwab, Chron, 22 Sep. 2022 There is no gore, and there is no disturbing animation of something that resembles an attack. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 July 2022 Its centerpiece is an animation of the dead king’s journey to the afterlife, as imagined from the text known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 The shorts chosen from Morelia’s prior edition underscore the diversity of themes and genres that are currently explored in Mexican cinema, from family ties that bind to black and white animation. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 25 May 2022 As seen in this video, that could be anything from more detailed cityscapes to more realistic facial animation on characters. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Richard Linklater returns to animation for this story of a Texas kid growing up against the background of the Apollo moon landing. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of animation was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Animation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animation. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

animation

noun

an·​i·​ma·​tion ˌan-ə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce animation (audio)
1
: the state of being animate or animated
2
a
: a film made by photographing a series of positions of objects (as puppets)
3
: the making of animations

Medical Definition

animation

noun

an·​i·​ma·​tion ˌan-ə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce animation (audio)
: the state of being animate or animated see suspended animation

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