Definition of animation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌænɪˈmeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌænɪˈmeɪʃn//
    Computer software, Energetic, Types of film
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  1. 1[uncountable] energy and enthusiasm in the way you look, behave or speak His face was drained of all colour and animation. She talked about her new job with great animation. see also suspended animation See related entries: Energetic
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of making films/movies, videos and computer games in which drawings or models of people and animals seem to move computer/cartoon animation Wordfinderanimation, application, authoring, beta version, configure, demo, install, interactive, software, spreadsheet See related entries: Computer software
  3. 3[countable] a film/movie in which drawings of people and animals seem to move The electronic dictionary included some animations. See related entries: Types of film
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘encouragement’): from Latin animatio(n-), from animare ‘instil with life’, from anima ‘life, soul’. Sense (1) dates from the early 19th cent.
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