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The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these six frames.

animation n 1: 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}]

148 Moby Thesaurus words for "animation": activity, actuation, afflatus, aggravation, agitation, alacrity, animal spirits, animate existence, animating spirit, animus, anxiety, anxiousness, appetite, ardency, ardor, arousal, arousing, avidity, avidness, being alive, birth, breathless impatience, breeziness, brio, briskness, bubbliness, capersomeness, cheerful readiness, coltishness, dash, direction, divine afflatus, dynamism, eagerness, ebullience, effervescence, elan, electrification, energizing, energy, enlivening, enlivenment, enthusiasm, esprit, exacerbation, exasperation, excitation, excitement, exhilaration, existence, exuberance, fervor, fire, firing, fomentation, forwardness, friskiness, frolicsomeness, gaiety, galvanization, gamesomeness, gayness, genius, glow, gust, gusto, having life, heartiness, immortality, impatience, impetuosity, impetus, incitement, infection, inflammation, influence, infuriation, infusion, inner-direction, inspiration, intensity, invigoration, irritation, joie de vivre, keen desire, keenness, lathering up, life, lifetime, liveliness, living, long life, longevity, lustiness, mettle, motivation, moving, moving spirit, moxie, oomph, other-direction, pep, peppiness, perkiness, pertness, perturbation, piss and vinegar, pizzazz, playfulness, prompting, promptness, provocation, quickening, quickness, readiness, revitalization, revival, robustness, rollicksomeness, rompishness, skittishness, spirit, spiritedness, spirits, sportiveness, sprightliness, spriteliness, steaming up, stimulation, stimulus, stirring, stirring up, verve, viability, vigor, vim, vitality, vitalization, vivaciousness, vivacity, vivification, warmth, whipping up, working up, zest, zestfulness, zing, zip

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. [1913 Webster] The animation of the same soul quickening the whole frame. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] Perhaps an inanimate thing supplies me, while I am speaking, with whatever I possess of animation. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; vivacity; spiritedness; as, he recited the story with great animation. [1913 Webster] {Suspended animation}, temporary suspension of the vital functions, as in persons nearly drowned. [1913 Webster] Syn: Liveliness; vivacity; spirit; buoyancy; airiness; sprightliness; promptitude; enthusiasm; ardor; earnestness; energy. See {Liveliness}. [1913 Webster]

animation The creation of artificial moving images. {Usenet} newsgroup: {news:comp.graphics.animation}. {FAQ (ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/usenet/news-info/comp.graphics.animation)}. (1995-11-24)


A cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. While the specific definition has changed over time, modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or to the artistic style of such works.

cartoon n 1: a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine [syn: {sketch}] 2: a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence [syn: {animated cartoon}] v : draw cartoons of

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "cartoon": 3-D, Cinemascope, Cinerama, Technicolor, Western, animated cartoon, black and white, black-and-white film, blueprint, brouillon, caricature, charcoal, charcoal drawing, chart, chiaroscuro, chiller, cinema, color film, comic book, comic strip, comics, copy, crayon, creepie, delineation, design, diagram, documentary, documentary film, doodle, draft, drawing, ebauche, educational film, elevation, esquisse, feature, figure, film, flick, flicker, funnies, graph, ground plan, horror picture, horse opera, house plan, ichnography, line drawing, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, newsreel, nudie, outline, pastel, pattern, pen-and-ink, pencil drawing, photodrama, photoplay, picture, picture show, plot, pornographic film, preview, profile, projection, rough, rough copy, rough draft, rough outline, short, silent, silent film, silhouette, silver-print drawing, sinopia, skeleton, sketch, skin flick, sneak preview, spaghetti Western, study, table, talkie, talking picture, thriller, tracing, trailer, underground film, vignette, working drawing

Cartoon \Car*toon"\, n. [F. carton (cf. It. cartone pasteboard, cartoon); fr. L. charta. See 1st {card}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A design or study drawn of the full size, to serve as a model for transferring or copying; -- used in the making of mosaics, tapestries, fresco pantings and the like; as, the cartoons of Raphael. [1913 Webster] 2. A large pictorial sketch, as in a journal or magazine; esp. a pictorial caricature; as, the cartoons of ``Puck.'' [1913 Webster] 3. same as {comic strip}. [PJC] 4. a motion picture consisting of a series of frames, each being a photograph of a drawing rather than a frame produced by filming a scene of true action, and in which the objects are displaced slightly in succeeding frames so as to give the appearance of motion when projected as a motion picture on the screen. The types of characters portrayed in such films are often similar or identical to those in a {comic strip}. [PJC]

comic strip \com"ic strip`\ (k[o^]m"[i^]k str[i^]p), n. a brief sequence of drawings, usually with characters drawn only sketchily, as in a cartoon, with dialog written in ``balloons'' over a character's head, and depicting a fictional and usually comical incident; -- also called a {cartoon}. Each comic strip contains typically from four to six panels arranged horizontally, but widely varying arrangements are published. In modern newspapers, weekly comic strips are in color, and daily strips are usually in black and white. In some, the story depicted may be serialized and continuous, carried over from day to day or week to week. Stories of adventure, drama, mystery or an otherwise non-comical nature depicted in the same style are also called comic strips. [PJC]

Data Sources:

  • animation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • animation: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • animation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • animation: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • cartoon: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • cartoon: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • cartoon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • cartoon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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