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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
suspended animation
▪ But Fred's never really known what to do with it. Suspended animation between classes.
▪ The creature seemed to be in a state of suspended animation.
▪ It can remain in this state of suspended animation for at least two years.
▪ Everyone was in a state of suspended animation.
▪ As soon as the political problem was resolved, he released military operations from their state of suspended animation.
▪ The political life of the nation finally came out of its suspended animation.
▪ That was true, but it was also a ti me of shock, suspended animation.
▪ We no longer possess the Susan Membrane that would allow a Marine to enter a state of suspended animation.
▪ It shouldn't be too long before we get an answer in the shape of the first computer animation feature films.
▪ Other classes in the animation series include drawing Disney characters, computer animation and perfecting character voices.
▪ The first major attempt to use computer animation in a feature film was largely down to the novelty of the medium itself.
▪ Instead, he said, almost every child subjected to the computer animation and sound games rapidly learned normal language skills.
▪ Tron was released in 1982, using computer animation to rescue a poor script.
▪ The system is said to be particularly useful for industrial and scientific applications like molecular modelling, computer animation, robotics control.
▪ The United States' political institutions were in suspended animation.
▪ When the summer sun shines on them, they become hard and brittle, and enter a state of suspended animation.
▪ In its present state of suspended animation, however, H-4 may look forward to a well-preserved life of undetermined longevity.
▪ Marco spoke with real passion and animation.
▪ Certainly all reports spoke of genuine smiles on the Girls' faces, of their brightness and animation.
▪ Disney wanted to fill his studio with artists capable of a more fluid, more realistic animation than had ever been attempted.
▪ Everyone was in a state of suspended animation.
▪ Nodes can contain text, graphics, animation, audio, video, images, or programs.
▪ Other classes in the animation series include drawing Disney characters, computer animation and perfecting character voices.
▪ When the summer sun shines on them, they become hard and brittle, and enter a state of suspended animation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Animation \An`i*ma"tion\, n. [L. animatio, fr. animare.]

  1. The act of animating, or giving life or spirit; the state of being animate or alive.

    The animation of the same soul quickening the whole frame.
    --Bp. Hall.

    Perhaps an inanimate thing supplies me, while I am speaking, with whatever I possess of animation.

  2. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness; as, he recited the story with great animation.

    Suspended animation, temporary suspension of the vital functions, as in persons nearly drowned.

    Syn: Liveliness; vivacity; spirit; buoyancy; airiness; sprightliness; promptitude; enthusiasm; ardor; earnestness; energy. See Liveliness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 The act of animating, or giving life or spirit. 2 (context animation in the sense of a cartoon English) The technique of making inanimate objects or drawings appear to move in motion pictures or computer graphics. 3 The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness 4 The condition of being animate or alive. 5 (context linguistics English) conversion from the inanimate to animate grammatical category

  1. n. the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes" [syn: life, living, aliveness]

  2. the property of being able to survive and grow; "the vitality of a seed" [syn: vitality]

  3. quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous [syn: spiritedness, invigoration, brio, vivification]

  4. the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something [syn: vivification, invigoration]

  5. the making of animated cartoons

  6. general activity and motion [syn: liveliness]

Animation (album)

Animation is the third solo album by Yes founder-member and former lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 1982.

Animation (disambiguation)

Animation is the interpolation of frames over a finite period of time. As a discipline, it is practiced with the intent of creating an illusion of movement.

Animation may also refer to:

  • Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, an international peer-reviewed academic journal
  • Animation (album), a 1982 progressive rock album
  • Animation (Cedar Walton album), a 1978 album by jazz keyboardist Cedar Walton
  • Animation (magazine), American monthly publication covering the animation industry
Animation (journal)

Animation is a triannual peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the field of film and media studies, focusing on animations implications for other forms of media. The editor-in-chief is Suzanne Buchan ( University for the Creative Arts). It was established in 2006 and is currently published by SAGE Publications.

Animation (Cedar Walton album)

Animation is an album by pianist Cedar Walton recorded in 1978 and released on the Columbia label.


Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and change by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon. Animators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation.

Animation can be recorded with either analogue media, a flip book, motion picture film, video tape, digital media, including formats with animated GIF, Flash animation and digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second.

Usage examples of "animation".

I did not leave this question unanswered, and continuing the amorous discourse with animation I won a sigh and a lovelorn glance.

Spielberg was able to integrate computer animatronics and computer animation so seamlessly into his live-action blockbuster that everyone else listened to the ka-ching at the global box-office and decided to embrace the future more enthusiastically.

He sounded more human and was displaying more animation, Asey thought, than he had at any time during their acquaintance.

The gap between these two, a period of nearly five hundred years, I spent in a state of suspended animation, free from the ravages of catabolic processes, and without any apparent effect on my physical or mental faculties.

I tried lifting the mood by showing off a fancy animation, but only Q-Ball, Kekipi, and Cher paid attention.

Therefore the animation of Christ could not be effected in the first instant of His conception.

Geri, Kyle, and I waited with all the animation of the teenaged finalist in one of her sulks.

The cardinal noticed six goldfinches talking with animation to one another down in the old holly bushes.

Paracelsus and Gilbert both felt in the direction of hylozoism, or the theory of the animation of all things.

Stanton, who at this moment joined him, drew his special attention to a thin and under-sized gentleman somewhat past middle age, who mounted the steps with a tread that was as inelastic as his face was devoid of animation.

And those spines, silvery in sheen, suggested ghoulish animation, the existence of which Kaw could sense as a nameless and menacing unease.

He appears to have started on the work with great reluctance and with considerable distrust of his own powers, but once fairly committed to the undertaking he entered into it with something of his old animation, disputing so manfully with his librettist over certain points in the text that a serious rupture between the two was at one time imminent.

Jevese wine, which she drank like water, imparted so much animation to her complexion that it was no longer possible to see how sunburnt she was.

With any degree of animation this young woman might have manifested a most unusual beauty, comprising the languor of a nenuphar and the elegance of some swift white winter beast.

By combining top-of-the-line traditional techniques like puppetry, stop-motion miniature photography, and actors in robber suits, with the latest 3-D computer animation and transitional morphing a design team led by Stan Winston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri made dinosaurs come to life like never before.