Word of the day

The word for today is…

animation (noun) – 1. The act, process, or result of imparting life, interest, spirit, motion, or activity.
2. The quality or condition of being alive, active, spirited, or vigorous.
3.(a) The art or process of making movies with drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of static objects, including all techniques other than the continuous filming of live-action images.
(b) Images or special effects created through animation.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1590s, “action of imparting life” (a sense now obsolete), from Latin animationem (nominative animatio) “an animating,” noun of action from past participle stem of animare “give breath to,” also “to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to, enliven,” from anima “life, breath” (from PIE root *ane- “to breathe”). Meaning “vitality, appearance of activity or life” is from 1610s (the sense in suspended animation). Cinematographic sense, “production of moving cartoon pictures” is from 1912.


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Peter is a fourth-generation New Zealander, with his mother’s and father’s folks having arrived in New Zealand in the 1870s. He lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, three cats and assorted computers.

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