Definition of animation in US English:



  • 1The state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness.

    ‘they started talking with animation’
    • ‘It was the first sign of animation Patrick had ever seen in the older boy, and was so caught off guard that he found himself laughing equally as hard.’
    • ‘Her animation and liveliness engaged her young students, as evidenced by the children's laughter and high degree of participation.’
    • ‘Her back was to me, but I could imagine her face, eyes sparkling with animation, her full attention on him, not slightly off to the side as it often was.’
    • ‘Now she held their attention as they watched the metamorphosis from near death to vitality and renewed animation filling her essence.’
    • ‘But these complimentary words could be written of every member of the cast as they took to their roles with great energy and animation.’
    • ‘It was the first time Chris had ever heard the man with any animation in his voice.’
    • ‘When he was alone with Shipper, there was animation in his voice, and smiles were often seen surfacing the dark, handsome face.’
    • ‘Immediately following the intermission, there was a visible engagement from them combined with an energy and animation to the music which had not been present before.’
    • ‘The only animation in the marquise's rotund and double-chinned face, as she loosens her lips into a perfunctory smile, is to be found in her alert eyes as she looks up from her embroidery.’
    • ‘Roy Jones looked downright vicious at the weigh-in, roaring his trash talk with tremendous intensity and animation.’
    • ‘He laughed at this statement, and his eyes, which had begun to mist over now sparkled brightly with animation.’
    • ‘Do you ever find yourself sizing someone up in an instant, noting their animation, gestures and manners of speaking?’
    • ‘They'd gone to a Karnal concert, and the girl who'd been talking with vibrant animation in her voice, turned to the guy.’
    liveliness, spirit, high spirits, spiritedness, high-spiritedness, energy, enthusiasm, eagerness, excitement, vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, vitality, vibrancy, exuberance, ebullience, buoyancy, bounciness, bounce, perkiness, sprightliness, verve, zest, sparkle, dash, elan, brio
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    1. 1.1archaic The state of being alive.
      • ‘He argues that Western societies generally have regarded abortions occurring before the fetus showed signs of animation as not criminal in nature.’
      • ‘Even immobile beings that show no signs of animation or spirituality harbors within it the divine life-force that brought it into being.’
      existence, being, living, aliveness, animateness
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  • 2The technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence.

    ‘animations as backdrops for live action’
    as modifier ‘animation techniques’
    • ‘Many of the images come from Hollywood movies, including Walt Disney animations.’
    • ‘The show also includes two video animations parroting activist art from the '60s.’
    • ‘The same is true with animation - I think of my animated characters as dancers.’
    • ‘Paintings, drawings, animations and at last the feature films all augment our appreciation of Lord of the Rings.’
    • ‘Music sounded from the speakers, animations flicking across the screen.’
    • ‘In creating his animations, he films the drawings as he adds or erases the images.’
    • ‘Every rule is explained and illustrated with animations and video.’
    • ‘Thomas and his fellow engines' voices and endearingly primitive animation remain the same as in the much-loved television series.’
    • ‘The hand-drawn animation is lush, and this is a typically sweet and enjoyable Disney effort, marred only slightly by the inclusion of Phil Collins on the soundtrack.’
    animated film, animated cartoon
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    1. 2.1 The manipulation of electronic images by means of a computer in order to create moving images.
      • ‘High levels of detail are also noticeable in player movements and animations.’
      • ‘The online registration provides access to the full length of animation stream and all program features.’
      • ‘Those animations might not be the most beautiful things to come out of a computer, but they are funny as hell.’
      • ‘There are also excellent facilities for creating web graphics and animations.’
      • ‘If you want to create complex animations or games you can use any of the two.’
      • ‘State-of-the-art motion capture technology was used to generate the animations in the studio.’
      • ‘With using this kind of computer animation it is possible to create nearly 100% visual image for any swimmer.’
      • ‘This allows for the rendering of complex animations and effects to be shared out across an Apple Xserve network.’
      • ‘This makes your animation more processor intensive.’
      • ‘You cannot just create a series of animations and expect it to work as a fighting game!’
      • ‘The computer animation is top-notch and the characters are delightful and entertaining for the most part.’
      • ‘Flash can produce animation in full color with music and sound effects.’
      • ‘These techniques were being used alongside fully computerised animations.’
      • ‘It needs Flash and sound to get the full effect, but underneath the excellent animation is a great site concerned with factory farming and local food production.’
      • ‘Sometimes the best websites are the ones with actual meaningful content rather than the flashy add-ins and animations.’
      • ‘What would happen if students became active authors of animations rather than passive watchers?’
      • ‘From there, he starts working on his objects and animations in 3D animation software.’
      • ‘What advice would you give to anyone wanting to create web animations?’
      • ‘Implementing them would have required lots of time to program and create extra animations.’
      • ‘This tale, as compared to the first game, is obviously much darker and more intense, but it's captured pretty lightly in all of the lead-up animation.’