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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cartoon — Sm gezeichnete Bildgeschichte erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. cartoon, dieses aus frz. carton Zeichnung auf Karton, Karton , aus it. cartone, einem Augmentativum zu it. carta f. Papier , aus l. charta f. Papier, Schriftstück .… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Cartoon — Cartoon: Das Fremdwort mit der Bedeutung »Karikatur, Witzzeichnung, kurzer Comicstrip« wurde in der 2. Hälfte des 20. Jh.s aus gleichbed. engl. cartoon übernommen. Dieses geht über frz. carton »Zeichnung auf Karton« zurück auf ital. cartone, eine …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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