animation | an-uh-mey-shuhn |
1 the state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness: they started talking with animation. • chiefly archaic: the state of being alive.
2 the technique of filming successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence: [as adj. ] animation techniques | animations as backdrops for live action.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.(in the sense ‘encouragement’ ): from Latin animatio(n-), from animare ‘instill with life’ (see animate). Sense 1 dates from the early 19th cent.