WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•i•mal /ˈænəməl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Biologya living creature that can move on its own and actively acquire food and digest it and has senses and nervous systems to respond rapidly to the surroundings.
  2. Biologya creature other than a human being:We believe we are higher than the animals.
  3. Biologya mammal:There are plenty of birds, fish, and wild animals in the park.
  4. the physical, sensual, or sexual nature of human beings: [usually: the + ~]a scene that brought out the animal in the viewer.
  5. an inhuman person;
    brute:You're acting like an animal.
  6. thing: A perfect job? Is there any such animal?

  1. Biologyof, relating to, or derived from animals: animal fats.
  2. relating to the physical, sensual, or sexual nature of humans:animal needs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•i•mal  (anə məl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Biologyany member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have motility and animallike nutritional modes.
  2. Biologyany such living thing other than a human being.
  3. Biologya mammal, as opposed to a fish, bird, etc.
  4. the physical, sensual, or carnal nature of human beings; animality:the animal in every person.
  5. an inhuman person;
    brutish or beastlike person:She married an animal.
  6. thing:A perfect job? Is there any such animal?

  1. Biologyof, pertaining to, or derived from animals:animal instincts; animal fats.
  2. pertaining to the physical, sensual, or carnal nature of humans, rather than their spiritual or intellectual nature:animal needs.
  • Latin animālis
  • Latin, noun, nominal derivative (with loss of final vowel and shortening of ā) of animāle, neuter of animālis living, animate, equivalent. to anim(a) air, breath + -ālis -al1; English adjective, adjectival also directly
  • Old French)
  • Middle English ( 1300–50
an•i•mal•ic  (an′ə malik),USA pronunciation  an•i•ma•li•an  (an′ə mālē ən, -mālyən),USA pronunciation adj. 
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Animal, beast, brute refer to sentient creatures as distinct from minerals and plants;
      figuratively, they usually connote qualities and characteristics below the human level.
      Animal is the general word;
      figuratively, it applies merely to the body or to animal-like characteristics:An athlete is a magnificent animal.Beast refers to four-footed animals;
      figuratively, it suggests a base, sensual nature:A glutton is a beast.Brute implies absence of ability to reason;
      figuratively, it connotes savagery as well:a drunken brute.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged monster.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fleshly, physical;
      beastly, brutal. See  carnal. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

animal /ˈænɪməl/ n
  1. any living organism characterized by voluntary movement, the possession of cells with noncellulose cell walls and specialized sense organs enabling rapid response to stimuli, and the ingestion of complex organic substances such as plants and other animals
  2. any mammal, esp any mammal except man
  3. a brutish person
  4. facetious a person or thing (esp in the phrase no such animal)
  1. of, relating to, or derived from animals
  2. of or relating to the physical needs or desires; carnal; sensual
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin animal (n), from animālis (adj) living, breathing; see anima

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