Definitions for animalˈæn ə məl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•i•mal*ˈæn ə məl(n.)

  1. any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usu. limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli.

    Category: Biology

  2. any such living thing other than a human being.

    Category: Biology

  3. a mammal, as opposed to a fish, bird, etc.

    Category: Biology

  4. the physical or carnal nature of human beings; animality.

  5. an inhuman person; brutish or beastlike person.

  6. thing:

    A perfect job? Is there any such animal?

  7. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or derived from animals:

    animal fats.

    Category: Biology

  8. pertaining to the physical or carnal nature of humans, rather than their spiritual or intellectual nature:

    animal needs.

* Syn: See carnal.

Origin of animal:

1300–50; < L, n. der. of animāle, neut. of animālis living, animate =anim(a) air, breath +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna(adj)

    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

  2. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensual(adj)

    marked by the appetites and passions of the body

    "animal instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. animal(noun)ˈæn ə məl

    a non-human living creature

    a wild animal; animal behavior

  2. animalˈæn ə məl

    living creatures including humans

    We are the only animals that can speak.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animal(noun)

    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. Animal(noun)

    one of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as distinguished from man; as, men and animals

  3. Animal(adj)

    of or relating to animals; as, animal functions

  4. Animal(adj)

    pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites

  5. Animal(adj)

    consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food


  1. Animal

    Animals are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. All animals must ingest other organisms or their products for sustenance. Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, about 542 million years ago. Animals are divided into various sub-groups, including birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'animal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1540

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'animal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2357

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'animal' in Nouns Frequency: #259

Anagrams of animal

  1. Aminal

  2. Lamina

  3. Maalin

  4. Malian

  5. Manila

Translations for animal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a living being which can feel things and move freely

man and other animals.

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