What does the word animation mean?

Usage examples for animation

  1. The smile had left her eyes and her lips, and all animation had suddenly dropped from her face like a mask. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  2. Tuan," he said aloud with unexpected animation, " you are a man of the sea?" – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  3. " Perhaps," she said, the moment's animation passing. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell