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Webster 1913 Edition


Animal

An′i-mal

,
Noun.
[L., fr.
anima
breath, soul: cf. F.
animal
. See
Animate
.]
1.
An organized living being endowed with sensation and the power of voluntary motion, and also characterized by taking its food into an internal cavity or stomach for digestion; by giving carbonic acid to the air and taking oxygen in the process of respiration; and by increasing in motive power or active aggressive force with progress to maturity.
2.
One of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as distinguished from man;
as, men and
animals
.

An′i-mal

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
animal
.]
1.
Of or relating to animals;
as,
animal
functions
.
2.
Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part;
as, the
animal
passions or appetites
.
3.
Consisting of the flesh of animals;
as,
animal
food
.
For definitions, see these names in the Vocabulary.

Webster 1828 Edition


Animal

AN'IMAL

,
Noun.
[L. animal, from anima, air, breath, soul.]
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 cannot 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.

Definition 2021


Animal

Animal

See also: animal and animâl

English

Proper noun

Animal

  1. A nickname given to people, especially wild people
  2. A muppet in the band, which plays the drums wildly
  3. A fan of Kesha, an American singer

Citations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:Animal.

animal

animal

See also: Animal and animâl

English

Noun

animal (plural animals)

  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
    A cat is an animal, not a plant. Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc.).
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
    My students are animals.
  5. (informal) A person of a particular type.
    a political animal
Synonyms
Hyponyms
  • See also Wikisaurus:animal
Related terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Latin animalis, from either anima (breath, spirit) or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it.

Adjective

animal (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to animals.
    animal instincts
  2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
    animal passions
  3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004), page 47:
      To explain what activated the flesh, ‘animal spirits’ were posited, superfine fluids which shuttled between the mind and the vitals, conveying messages and motion.
  4. (slang, Ireland) Excellent.
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Translations

See also

  • Wiktionary appendix of terms relating to animals

Anagrams


Asturian

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal.

Adjective

animal (epicene, plural animales)

  1. animal

Noun

animal m (plural animales)

  1. animal

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -al

Noun

animal m (plural animals)

  1. animal

Adjective

animal m, f (masculine and feminine plural animals)

  1. animal

French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal. Cf. the archaic inherited doublet aumaille.

Pronunciation

Noun

animal m (plural animaux)

  1. animal

Synonyms

Derived terms

Adjective

animal m (feminine singular animale, masculine plural animaux, feminine plural animales)

  1. animal

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Antonyms

Anagrams


Galician

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal.

Adjective

animal m, f (plural animais)

  1. animal

Noun

animal m (plural animais)

  1. animal

Haitian Creole

Etymology

From French animal, from Latin animal.

Noun

animal

  1. animal

Synonyms


Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.niˈmal/

Noun

animal (plural animales)

  1. animal

Latin

Etymology

Neuter gender of animālis.

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈa.ni.mal/, [ˈa.nɪ.maɫ]

Noun

animal n (genitive animālis); third declension

  1. animal
  2. living creature

Inflection

Third declension neuter “pure” i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative animal animālia
genitive animālis animālium
dative animālī animālibus
accusative animal animālia
ablative animālī animālibus
vocative animal animālia

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References


Middle French

Noun

animal m (plural animaux or animaulx)

  1. animal

Synonyms


Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal. See also alimária, an inherited doublet.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ɐ.ni.ˈmaʊ/
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ɐ.ni.ˈmaɫ/
  • Hyphenation: a‧ni‧mal

Noun

animal m (plural animais)

  1. animal

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:animal.

Adjective

animal m, f (plural animais, comparable)

  1. Or or relating to animals; animal.
  2. (slang) cool; nice

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:animal.

Inflection


Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from French animal, from Latin animal. Doublet of nămaie.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.niˈmal/

Adjective

animal m, n (feminine singular animală, masculine plural animali, feminine and neuter plural animale)

  1. animal, animalistic
  2. brutal

Declension

Adverb

animal

  1. brutally

Noun

animal n (plural animale)

  1. animal

Declension


Romansch

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal.

Noun

animal m (plural animals)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Vallader) animal

Synonyms


Spanish

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin animal. See also alimaña, an inherited doublet.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -al

Noun

animal m (plural animales)

  1. animal

Adjective

animal m, f (plural animales)

  1. animal

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English animal.

Noun

animal

  1. animal (members of Kingdom Animalia that are not humans)
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:25 (translation here):
      God i kamapim ol kain kain animal bilong ples na ol bikpela na liklik animal bilong bus. God i lukim olgeta dispela samting i gutpela, na em i amamas.
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