What does Animal mean?

Definitions for Animal
ˈæn ə məlan·i·mal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Animal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, faunaadjective

    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

  2. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensualadjective

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Animaladjective

    Etymology: animalis, Lat.

    There are other things in the world of spirits, wherein our ideas are very dark and confused; such as their union with animal nature, the way of their acting on material beings, and their converse with each other. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. ANIMALnoun

    Etymology: animal, Lat.

    Animals are either Sanguineous, that is, such as have blood, which breathe either by Lungs, having either Two ventricles in their heart, and those either Viviparous, Aquatick, as the whale kind, Terrestrial, as quadrupeds; Oviparous, as birds. But one ventricle in the heart, as frogs, tortoises, and serpents. Gills, as all sanguineous fishes, except the whale kind. Exsanguineous, or without blood, which may be divided into Greater, and those either, Naked, Terrestrial, as naked snails. Aquatick, as the poulp, cuttle-fish, &c. Covered with a tegument, either Crustaceous, as lobsters and crab-fish. Testaceous, either Univalve, as limpets; Bivalve, as oysters, muscles, cockles; Turbinate, as periwinkles, snails, &c. Lesser, as insects of all sorts. Viviparous hairy animals, or quadrupeds, are either Hoofed, which are either Whole-footed or hoofed, as the horse and ass; Cloven-footed, having the hoof divided into Two principal parts, called bisulca, either Such as chew not the cud, as swine; Ruminant, or such as chew the cud; divided into Such as have perpetual and hollow horns. Beef-kind, Sheep-kind, Goat-kind. Such as have solid, branched and deciduous horns, as the deer-kind. Four parts, or quadrisulca, as the rhinoceros and hippopotamus. Clawed or digitate, having the foot divided into Two parts or toes, having two nails, as the camel kind; Many toes or claws; either Undivided, as the elephant; Divided, which have either Broad nails, and an human shape, as apes; Narrower, and more pointed nails, which, in respect of their teeth, are divided into such as have Many fore-teeth, or cutters in each jaw; The greater, which have A shorter snout and rounder head, as the cat-kind; A longer snout and head, as the dog-kind. The lesser, the vermin or weazel kind. Only two large and remarkable fore-teeth, all which are phytivorous, and are called the hare kind. John Ray.

    Vegetables are proper enough to repair animals, as being near of the same specifick gravity with the animal juices, and as consisting of the same parts with animal substances, spirit, water, salt, oil, earth; all which are contained in the sap they derive from the earth. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Some of the animated substances have various organical or instrumental parts, fitted for a variety of motions from place to place, and a spring of life within themselves, as beasts, birds, fishes, and insects; these are called animals. Other animated substances are called vegetables, which have within themselves the principles of another sort of life and growth, and of various productions of leaves and fruit, such as we see in plants, herbs, and trees. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. Animal

    Animal is a song by British singer Conor Maynard from his debut studio album, Contrast. It was released as the album's fourth single as a digital download on 20 January 2013, it features vocals from English rapper, MC, songwriter, record producer and recording artist Wiley (also known as "The Godfather of Grime"). The song was written by Conor Maynard, The Invisible Men, Sophie Stern, Kurtis McKenzie, Joey Dyer, Jon Mills and produced by The Invisible Men, The Arcade. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 34 on 20 January 2013, climbing twenty-eight places the following week to number 6, becoming Maynard's third highest-charting single.


  1. animal

    An animal is a living organism that is a member of the kingdom Animalia, characterized by its ability to obtain energy through the ingestion of organic matter, its ability to move and respond to its environment, and its typically multicellular structure with specialized tissues and organs. Animals include a wide variety of organisms ranging from small microscopic species to large complex vertebrates, and they exhibit diverse behaviors, habitats, and physiological adaptations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animalnoun

    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. Animalnoun

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

  3. Animaladjective

    of or relating to animals; as, animal functions

  4. Animaladjective

    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. Animaladjective

    consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food

  6. Etymology: [L., fr. anima breath, soul: cf. F. animal. See Animate.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Animal

    an′im-al, n. an organised being, having life, sensation, and voluntary motion—it is distinguished from a plant, which is organised and has life, but not sensation or voluntary motion: the name sometimes implies the absence of the higher faculties peculiar to man.—adj. of or belonging to animals: sensual.—n. Animalisā′tion, the act of converting into animal substance, or of endowing with animal attributes: brutalisation.—v.t. An′imalise, to endow with animal life: to convert into animal matter:—pr.p. an′imalīsing; pa.p. an′imalīsed.—n. An′imalism, the state of being actuated by animal appetites only: the exercise or enjoyment of animal life, as distinct from intellectual: brutishness: sensuality: (rare) a mere animal being.—adv. An′imally, physically merely.—Animal spirits, nervous force: exuberance of health and life: cheerful buoyancy of temper: (Milton) the spirit or principle of volition and sensation. [L.—anima, air, life, Gr. anemos, wind—, aēmi, Sans. an, to breathe, to blow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. animal

    A type of living organism with a specific body form, structure, systems who act and function with a body, brain, conscience, consciousness, heart, memory, mind, spirit, soul and subconscious

    Animals are beautiful to be with and love.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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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 for Animal »

  1. manila

  2. almain

  3. lamina

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Animal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Animal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Animal in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Graham Bell:

    Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.

  2. Muhamed Hodzic:

    This is a grand animal that lives in our forests but unfortunately (such cubs) will never again be able to return to nature where they truly belong.

  3. Lynn Cuny:

    The best advice is for people to leave wild animals alone, especially babies, because their parents are almost always nearby, anytime you take a baby wild animal in, you've made their situation worse.

  4. Jeff Witjas:

    Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever, i will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.

  5. Mark Gooley:

    After several minutes of utterly dull conversation I began to think of her not as a woman but as a human, then not as a human but as an animal, then not as an animal but as a source of high-grade protein.

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