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special effect

noun

Simple Definition of special effect

  • : an image or sound that is created in television, radio, or movies to represent something real (such as an explosion) or imaginary (such as a monster)

Full Definition of special effect

  1. :  an image or sound that is created in television, radio, or movies to represent something real (such as an explosion) or imaginary (such as a monster) <a movie with spectacular special effects>

Word by Word Definitions

specialplay
  1. :  distinguished by some unusual quality

    :  being in some way superior

    :  held in particular esteem

  1. :  one that is used for a special service or occasion

    :  something (as a television program) that is not part of a regular series

    :  a featured dish at a restaurant

effectplay
  1. :  purport, intent

    :  basic meaning :  essence

    :  something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)

  1. :  to cause to come into being

    :  to bring about often by surmounting obstacles :  accomplish

    :  to put into operation


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