Definitions of animal

  1. of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals; " the animal kingdom"; " animal instincts"; " animal fats"
  2. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  3. of 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"
  4. 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.
  5. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites.
  6. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food.
  7. A living creature possessing feeling and voluntary motion; a beast; a brute.
  8. Of or belonging to feeling and moving creatures; as, The animal kingdom; an animal instinct.
  9. An organized being, having life, sensation, and voluntary motion: it is distinguished from a plant, which is organized and has life, but not sensation or voluntary motion; the name sometimes implies the absence of the higher faculties peculiar to man.
  10. Of or belonging to animals: sensual.
  11. An organised body, having life, sensation, and voluntary motion.
  12. Animal.
  13. Pertaining to an animal or animals.
  14. A sentient living organism other than a plant.
  15. An organized being endowed with life, sensation, and power of voluntary motion; a living being inferior to man.
  16. A body possessed of life, sensation, and power of motion.
  17. Pertaining to a living creature; gross; opposite of spiritual.

Usage examples for animal

  1. There were lives of every animal and of man in every condition. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  2. I haven't seen them since, and suppose some animal must have caught them. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  3. He was mounted on a powerful animal which he evidently had under perfect command. – Adventures in the Far West by W.H.G. Kingston
  4. " There ain't no such animal," Jim assured her cheerfully. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  5. " The farmer," he observed, " is a pretty conservative animal. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  6. Some imitation of an animal; probably of a cat. – Simon by J. Storer Clouston
  7. Whatever it was, he was about to face it, man against animal. – The Planetoid of Peril by Paul Ernst
  8. " Most women make fools of themselves over some animal, faute de mieux," she said lightly. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  9. " And now I'll have a chance to tell you a lot more about what we elephants did in the jungle," said Umboo, when, once more, all the animal friends were in the tent together. – Umboo, the Elephant by Howard R. Garis
  10. He began looking all round like a poor little animal in the hands of children. – The Daughter of the Commandant by Alexksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
  11. Am I an animal? – The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
  12. In another moment, the animal would attack. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. One animal was even more than they could manage. – The Eternal Maiden by T. Everett Harré
  14. In a word, be a good animal. – Letters from a Father to His Son Entering College by Charles Franklin Thwing
  15. He who had entered made two or three low sounds to the animal, and then led him into the court. – The Grey Woman and other Tales by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  16. Indeed, it was a tremendous animal. – Bull Hunter by Max Brand