Dictionary: AN-I-MAD-VER'TING – AN'IME

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Considering; remarking by way of criticism or censure.

AN'I-MAL, a.

That belongs or relates to animals; as, animal functions. Animal is distinguished from intellectual; as, animal appetites, the appetites of the body, as hunger and thirst. The animal functions, are touch, taste, motion, &c. Animal life is opposed to vegetable life. Animal is opposed also to spiritual or rational, which respects the soul and reasoning faculties; as, animal nature, spiritual nature, rational nature. Animal food may signify that food which nourishes animals; but it usually denotes food consisting of animal flesh. Animal economy is the system of laws by which the bodies of animals are governed, and depending on their organic structure. Animal spirit is a name given to the nervous fluid. Animal spirits in the plural, life, vigor, energy. Animal system, or animal kingdom, denotes the whole class of beings endowed with animal life. – Encyc. Johnson.

AN'I-MAL, n. [L. animal, from anima, air, breath, soul; Gaelic anam, breath. The W. has envil, en, a being, soul, spirit, and mil, a beast; Arm. aneval; San. an, animi. Qu. Dan. aande, Sw. anda, breath.]

An organized body, endowed with life and the power of voluntary motion; a living, sensitive, locomotive body; as man is an intelligent animal. Animals are essentially distinguished from plants by the property of sensation. The contractile property of some plants, as the Mimosa, has the appearance of the effect of sensation, but it may be merely the effect of irritability. The distinction here made between animals and vegetables, may not be philosophically accurate; for we can not perhaps ascertain the precise limit between the two kinds of beings, but this is sufficiently correct for common practical purposes. The history of animals is called zoology. By way of contempt, a dull person is called a stupid animal.


Pertaining to animalcules. – Lon. Rev.

AN-I-MAL'CULE, n. [L. animalculum, animalcula.]

A little animal; but appropriately, an animal whose figure can not be discerned without the aid of a magnifying glass; such as are invisible to the naked eye. – Encyc.


One versed in the knowledge of animacules. – Keith.


In zoology, sea-anemone, sea-nettle or Urtica marina, the name of several species of animals belonging to the genus Actinia. They are called sea-nettle from their supposed property of stinging, and sea-anemone from the resemblance of their claws or tentacles, to the petals of some flowers. These are disposed in regular circles, and tinged with various bright colors. Some of these animals are hemispherical, others cylindrical; others are shaped like a fig. Some are stiff and gelatinous; others, fleshy and muscular; but all can alter their figure by extending their claws in search of food. These animals can move slowly, but are generally fixed by one end to rocks or stones in the sand. On the other extremity, is the mouth in the center, which is surrounded by rows of fleshy claws, and capable of great dilatation. They are very voracious, and will swallow a muscle, or crab, as large as a hen's egg. – Encyc. The term, Animal-flower, is also extended to many other marine animals, from their resemblance to flowers. They belong to the Holothurias, which with the Actinias, were ranged under the Molluscas, by Linnæus; and to the Tubularias and Hydras, which were classed with the Zoophytes. They are all arranged under the Zoophytes, by Cuvier. – Cyc.


Like an animal. – Cudworth.


The state of mere animals, actuated by sensual appetites only, without intellectual or moral qualities. – Beecher.


Animal existence.


The act of giving animal life, or endowing with the properties of an animal. – Ure. Med. Repos.

AN'I-MAL-IZE, v.t.

  1. To give animal life to; to endow with the properties of animals.
  2. To convert into animal matter.


Endowed with animal life.


Giving animal life to.


The state of animal existence.


Alive; possessing animal life. – Milton. [This word is used chiefly in poetry for animated.]

AN'I-MATE, v.t. [L. animo. See Animal.]

  1. To give natural life to; to quicken; to make alive; as, the soul animates the body.
  2. To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of a thing; as, to animate a lyre.
  3. To give spirit or vigor; to infuse courage, joy, or other enlivening passion; to stimulate or incite; as, to animate dispirited troops.

AN'I-MA-TED, pp.

  1. Being endowed with animal life; as the various classes of animated beings.
  2. adj. Lively; vigorous; full of spirit; indicating animation; as, an animated discourse.

AN'I-MA-TING, ppr.

Giving life; infusing spirit; enlivening.


So as to animate or excite feeling.


  1. The act of infusing life; the state of being animated.
  2. The state of being lively, brisk, or full of spirit and vigor; as, he recited the story with great animation.


That has the power of giving life or spirit. – Johnson.


One that gives life; that which infuses life or spirit.

AN'IME, n. [Fr.]

In heraldry, a term denoting that the eyes of a rapacious animal are borne of a different tincture from the animal himself.

AN'IME, n. [Sp.]

A resin exuding from the stem of a large American tree, (Hymenæa,) called by the natives courbaril; by Piso, jutaiba. It is of a transparent amber color, a light agreeable smell, and of little or no taste. It dissolves entirely, but not readily, in rectified spirit of wine, and is used by the Brazillians in fumigations, for pains proceeding from cold. – Encyc.