Suspended animation
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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