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From Latin animātiō, "the act of bringing to life"; from animō ("to animate" or "give life to") + -ātiō ("the act of").
- b : to give vigor and zest to
- 3: to move to action <a criminal animated by greed>
- 4a : to make or design in such a way as to create apparently spontaneous lifelike movement <animate a cartoon>
- b : to produce in the form of an animated cartoon <animate a story>
Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions to create an illusion of movement. The effect is an optical illusion of motion due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, and can be created and demonstrated in several ways. The most common method of presenting animation is as a motion picture or video program, although there are other methods.