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ˈæn əˌmeɪani·me

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zanzibar copal, animenoun

    a hard copal derived from an African tree

  2. anime, gum animenoun

    any of various resins or oleoresins


  1. animenoun

    An artistic style heavily used in, and associated with, Japanese animation, and that has also been adopted by a comparatively low number of animated works from other countries

  2. animenoun

    An animated work originated in Japan, regardless of the artistic style.

  3. animenoun

    An animated work in anime style, regardless of the country of origin.

  4. Etymology: From アニメ, an abbreviation of アニメーション, from animation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animeadjective

    of a different tincture from the animal itself; -- said of the eyes of a rapacious animal

  2. Animenoun

    a resin exuding from a tropical American tree (Hymenaea courbaril), and much used by varnish makers

  3. Etymology: [F., animated.]


  1. Anime

    Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Anime includes animated television series, short films and full-length feature films. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese. In English, the term is defined as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastic themes. The intended meaning of the term sometimes varies depending on the context. While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese animations were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s—notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka—and became known outside Japan in the 1980s. Anime, like manga, has a large audience in Japan and recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online. Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and Internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. As the market for anime increased in Japan, it also gained popularity in East and Southeast Asia. Anime is currently popular in many different regions around the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anime

    an′im, n. the resin of the West Indian locust-tree—used also for other gums and resins. [Said to be Fr. animé, living, from the number of insects in it; but perhaps a native name.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. anime

    (Fr.). A sort of ancient cuirass, also called brigandine; was used in Italy until the 17th century, under the name of anima, or animetta.

  2. animé

    An epithet applied in heraldry to panthers or other wild beasts borne with flames issuing from their mouth and ears.

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  1. amine, Maine, minae

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anime in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of anime in a Sentence

  1. Akihiko Kondo:

    I think there are others out there who have fallen in love with anime characters and want to marry them, i want to support their choices.

  2. Masaaki Nagumo:

    As an anime-inspired robot that one can ride, I think this is the biggest in the world.

  3. Zhiling Dong:

    Japan is an anime kingdom.

  4. Yoshiko Okuyama:

    More recent adaptations in manga and anime don't want to portray women in a misogynistic way.

  5. Susan Napier:

    People will be curious, anime style is a very distinctive style, and if you’re not used to it, you’re going to say: ‘Wow, what is this? This is cool.’.

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