What does animal mean?

Definitions for animal
ˈæn ə məlan·i·mal

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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

    Animals (also referred to as metazoa) are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total. Animals range in length from 8.5 millionths of a metre to 33.6 metres (110 ft). They have complex interactions with each other and their environments, forming intricate food webs. The kingdom Animalia includes humans, but in colloquial use the term animal often refers only to non-human animals. The scientific study of animals is known as zoology. Most living animal species are in the Bilateria, a clade whose members have a bilaterally symmetric body plan. The Bilateria include the protostomes—in which many groups of invertebrates are found, such as nematodes, arthropods, and molluscs—and the deuterostomes, containing both the echinoderms as well as the chordates, the latter containing the vertebrates. Life forms interpreted as early animals were present in the Ediacaran biota of the late Precambrian. Many modern animal phyla became clearly established in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, which began around 542 million years ago. 6,331 groups of genes common to all living animals have been identified; these may have arisen from a single common ancestor that lived 650 million years ago. Historically, Aristotle divided animals into those with blood and those without. Carl Linnaeus created the first hierarchical biological classification for animals in 1758 with his Systema Naturae, which Jean-Baptiste Lamarck expanded into 14 phyla by 1809. In 1874, Ernst Haeckel divided the animal kingdom into the multicellular Metazoa (synonymous for Animalia) and the Protozoa, single-celled organisms no longer considered animals. In modern times, the biological classification of animals relies on advanced techniques, such as molecular phylogenetics, which are effective at demonstrating the evolutionary relationships between animal taxa. Humans make use of many other animal species, such as for food (including meat, milk, and eggs), for materials (such as leather and wool), and also as pets, and for transports, as working animals. Dogs have been used in hunting, while many terrestrial and aquatic animals were hunted for sports. Non-human animals have appeared in art from the earliest times and are featured in mythology and religion.

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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  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. Lance Vervoort:

    Oz is a significant animal for his species, he is the father of our two cubs, and he is vital to the ongoing breeding program to conserve this rare species.

  2. Jamie Nelson:

    What we are not sure of is whether or not the wounds are from( a) human or wild animal. That's one of the things we are investigating.

  3. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries avoid all entanglements.

  4. Catherine Dennig:

    [Surrounding your pet with] familiar things may be more calming [for the animal] than [being] by your side among the chaos.

  5. Lakiea Wright:

    These proteins are very lightweight, so they get dispersed in the air as the animal moves around.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. emanate
    • B. elaborate
    • C. render
    • D. transpire

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