sound effects

plural noun

Definition of sound effects

: effects that are imitative of sounds called for in the script of a dramatic production (such as a radio show) and that enhance the production's illusion of reality

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Yet throughout, Giacchino’s score oozes with cartoonish sound effects, perfectly timed as the coaster zooms past each statue to help lend an additional sense of motion. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "Composer Michael Giacchino brings a sense of motion to Disney's Incredicoaster," 5 July 2018 The hip-hop star’s decision to use the violent sound effects incited a backlash on social media, with many people saying the noises were inappropriate given the prevalence of mass shootings in the U.S. Alix Langone, Time, "Gunshot Sound Effects Used During Eminem's Bonnaroo Set Caused the Crowd to Panic," 10 June 2018 The elaborate outdoor walk-through experience, complete with atmospheric music, sound effects and professional lighting, connects a series of themed vignettes. Traci L. Suppa, Woman's Day, "9 Illuminating Jack-o'-Lantern Festivals to Visit This October," 29 Sep. 2016 The plush horse has fun sound effects, a beautiful design, and a padded seat to help your tyke safely sit up. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Best Toys and Gadgets for Keeping Kids Active," 2 Dec. 2015 Behind a screen, puppets mounted on long, slim sticks dance and sway, twirling, backlit so that only their dark shadows appear, while puppeteers called Karagyoz players sing, provide sound effects and create voices for the characters. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 Every button tap and block-completion triggers sound effects synced to the tune. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party," 26 June 2018 The hit show reveals how top-charting Billboard artists’ biggest hits came to be by combining stories direct from the artists themselves with fun animation and sound effects. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Billboard Debuts 'How It Went Down' on IGTV With Story Behind Troye Sivan's 'My My My'," 21 June 2018 To make the video even more dramatic, the sheriff's office added some fake sound effects of a bear roaring. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Viral video shows deputy smashing car window to let trapped bear escape," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of sound effects

1909, in the meaning defined above

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