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.
1. This film is the first British animation sold to an American network.
2. At the required level of visual verisimilitude, computer animation is costly.
3. The Hague conference is in suspended animation.
4. The animation is jaw-droppingly good.
5. His face was drained of all colour and animation.