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They're called Preloaders. I originally googled for 'Ajax loading animation' to find that out. Plenty of results: Ajaxload - Ajax loading gif generator - Your SVG + GIF Ajax Loading Icons - Loading GIF & APNG (AJAX loaders) generator Additionally, you might find this answer useful if you're looking for How to create a “...


It is just a different take on a wait spinner, which is called a preloader and is sometimes called a Loading animation. Preloaders come in all shapes and sizes.

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