Definition of Animal

1. Noun. A living organism characterized by voluntary movement.

Exact synonyms: Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Examples of category: Ritual Killing, Sacrifice, Tracking, Trailing, Micro-organism, Microorganism, Actinomycete, Trap, Humaneness, Body, Organic Structure, Physical Structure, Side, Nose, Diet, Transmitter, Vector, Sitter, Stander, Wart, Schistosome Dermatitis, Swimmer's Itch, Bone, Debone, Domesticate, Tame, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Drench, Crop, Graze, Pasture, Crested, Topknotted, Tufted, Bone-covered, Free-swimming, Unattached, Hispid, Flesh-eating, Meat-eating, Zoophagous, Phytophagic, Phytophagous, Phytophilous, Plant-eating, All-devouring, Insectivorous, Epizootic, Adult, Big, Full-grown, Fully Grown, Grown, Grownup, Half-blooded, Half-bred, Half-breed, Registered, Unregistered, Gregarious, Social
Group relationships: Animal Kingdom, Animalia, Kingdom Animalia
Specialized synonyms: Pest, Critter, Creepy-crawly, Darter, Peeper, Homeotherm, Homoiotherm, Homotherm, Ectotherm, Poikilotherm, Range Animal, Varment, Varmint, Scavenger, Work Animal, Domestic Animal, Domesticated Animal, Feeder, Migrator, Molter, Moulter, Pet, Stayer, Stunt, Marine Animal, Marine Creature, Sea Animal, Sea Creature, Female, Male, Adult, Offspring, Young, Pureblood, Purebred, Thoroughbred, Giant, Survivor, Mutant, Herbivore, Insectivore, Acrodont, Pleurodont, Zooplankton, Conceptus, Embryo, Fertilized Egg, Chordate, Invertebrate, Metazoan, Omnivore, Predator, Predatory Animal, Prey, Quarry, Game, Hexapod, Biped, Larva, Racer, Fictional Animal, Captive, Mate
Terms within: Animal Tissue
Terms within: Caput, Head, Face
Derivative terms: Animalise, Animalize, Beastly, Bestial, Create

2. Adjective. Marked by the appetites and passions of the body. "Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"
Exact synonyms: Carnal, Fleshly, Sensual
Similar to: Physical
Derivative terms: Animality, Carnality, Carnalize, Sensuality, Sensualness

Definition of Animal

1. n. 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. a. Of or relating to animals; as, animal functions.

Definition of Animal

1. Noun. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants). ¹

2. Noun. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being. ¹

3. Noun. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc) ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person. ¹

5. Noun. (informal) A person of a particular type. ¹

6. Adjective. Of or relating to animals. ¹

7. Adjective. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes. ¹

8. Adjective. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation. ¹

9. Adjective. (slang Ireland) Excellent. ¹

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Definition of Animal

1. a living organism typically capable of voluntary motion and sensation [n -S] : ANIMALIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Animal

1. 1. An organised living being endowed with sensation and the power of voluntary motion, and also characterised 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. One of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as distinguished from man; as, men and animals. Origin: L, fr. Anima breath, soul: cf. F. Animal. See Animate. 1. Of or relating to animals; as, animal functions. 2. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites. 3. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food. Animal magnetism. See Magnetism and Mesmerism. Animal electricity, the electricity developed in some animals, as the electric eel, torpedo, etc. Animal flower, the heat generated in the body of a living animal, by means of which the animal is kept at nearly a uniform temperature. Animal spirits. See Spirit. Animal kingdom, the whole class of beings endowed with animal life. It embraces several subkingdoms, and under these there are Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, Species, and sometimes intermediate groupings, all in regular subordination, but variously arranged by different writers. The following are the grand divisions, or subkingdoms, and the principal classes under them, generally recognised at the present time: - Vertebrata, including Mammalia or Mammals, Aves or Birds, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces or Fishes, Marsipobranchiata (Craniota); and Leptocardia (Acrania). Tunicata, including the Thaliacea, and Ascidioidea or Ascidians. Articulata or Annulosa, including Insecta, Myriapoda, Malacapoda, Arachnida, Pycnogonida, Merostomata, Crustacea (Arthropoda); and Annelida, Gehyrea (Anarthropoda). Helminthes or Vermes, including Rotifera, Chaetognatha, Nematoidea, Acanthocephala, Nemertina, Turbellaria, Trematoda, Cestoidea, Mesozea. Molluscoidea, including Brachiopoda and Bryozoa. Mollusca, including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Pteropoda, Scaphopoda, Lamellibranchiata or Acephala. Echinodermata, including Holothurioidea, Echinoidea, Asterioidea, Ophiuroidea, and Crinoidea. Coelenterata, including Anthozoa or Polyps, Ctenophora, and Hydrozoa or Acalephs. Spongiozoa or Porifera, including the sponges. Protozoa, including Infusoria and Rhizopoda. For definitions, see these names in the Vocabulary. Origin: Cf. F. Animal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Animal

anima mundi
animal (current term)
animal black
animal cell culture
animal cell immobilisation
animal charcoal
animal communication
animal dander
animal dentistry
animal dextran
animal disease
animal fancier
animal fat

Literary usage of Animal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (1906)
"CHAPTER V animal MAGNETISM UNMASKED For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"... reality of the human (and animal) Ego. I ask indulgence for the dogmatic tone, assumed in the interest of terseness; it conceals not a few modesties. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"plane of the animal to his distinct and exalted position as a progressive conqueror of lower nature ; and of such are man and the works of his hand and mind ..."

4. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting by New Jersey Health and Sanitary Association, Council for High Blood Pressure Research (American Heart Association) (1904)
"Report of Committee on animal Diseases and animal Food. (Abstract.) BY WM. HERBERT LOWE, DVS, Chairman. Mr. President and Gentlemen—The Chairman of your ..."

5. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"The order Rodentia is here very numerous in species : of. mice alone I obtained no less than eight kinds.* The largest gnawing animal in the * In South ..."

6. Psychology, Or, A View of the Human Soul: Including Anthropology, Adapted by Friedrich August Rauch (1853)
"IT is a very general remark, that man is the highest order of animals, or that he is an animal gifted with reason. Were this correct, we might 'say with ..."

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