quality; liveliness; vivacity; spirit:
to talk with animation.
an act or instance of or enlivening.
the state or condition of being .
the process of preparing cartoons.
Contemporary Examples

As DreamWorks foundered, the animation division had to be split from live-action into a separate company.
A Taxpayer Bailout for DreamWorks Animation? Kim Masters March 18, 2009

Pixar, in contrast, is considered a Utopian end for anyone in animation.
Toy Story 3: A Brilliant Plan Pays Off Nicole LaPorte June 19, 2010

From a double rainbow (all the way) to wacky Taiwanese animation, watch the 25 buzziest viral videos of 2010.
25 Best Viral Videos of 2010 The Daily Beast Video December 22, 2010

Spoiler alert: there are eventually songs and animation in the Mary Poppins film.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Reveals the Battle Over Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Nico Hines October 20, 2013

It is no accident that the animation in Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
What Is Michel Gondry Doing With Noam Chomsky? Jimmy So November 19, 2013

Historical Examples

It was notably during the presidency of Felix Faure that Rambouillet again took on its animation of former times.
Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield

At last his look met hers, and the animation of it softened at once, grew gentle.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

She talked with animation for about a quarter of an hour, then kissed the nervous sufferer, and went away.
Frances Kane’s Fortune L. T. Meade

He looked at her attentively, his handsome face aglow with animation.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

But let thought be considered as some peculiar substance, which permeates, and is the cause of, the animation of living beings.
A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays Percy Bysshe Shelley

liveliness; vivacity
the condition of being alive

the techniques used in the production of animated cartoons
a variant of animated cartoon


1590s, “action of imparting life,” from Latin animationem (nominative animatio) “an animating,” noun of action from past participle stem of animare (see animate (v.)). Meaning “vitality” is from 1610s. Cinematographic sense is from 1912.

animation an·i·ma·tion (ān’ə-mā’shən)

The state of being alive.

Liveliness; high spirits.

The creation of artificial moving images.
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