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.
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s a series often credited with showing American audiences the possibilities of deep, serialized storytelling in animation. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Brague, from Southwest Portland, hopes his experience at the studio will lead him to an art school, and eventually a career in animation. oregonlive, 7 Nov. 2021 The possibilities in animation are infinite and with recent advancements in technology any visual stylization is possible, so the only true limit is one’s own imagination. Malina Saval, Variety, 23 Oct. 2021 Paradoxically, Chouinard had a reputation in the early 1960s for blending brainy innovation while also functioning as an on-ramp to jobs in animation at Walt Disney Productions and in commercial art. Steven Litt, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 This is shown in the animation, the battery laid out flat directly under the passenger cabin, a variation on the now-classic skateboard. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 That's an unexpected perk of voicing a character in animation. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 17 Aug. 2021 Working in his favor, however, was his close relationship with French animation house Fortiche Production, which was where Riot turned for all its music videos and animated character introductions. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 They are done via animation and don’t show any actual human faces, just graphics and cartoons. Yec, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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