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

Examples of sound effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roxy Music’s approach was a dense collage of pop music styles, electronic keyboards, sound effects and Mr. Ferry’s kitsch-rich lyrics and dry-cry vocals. Marc Myers, WSJ, 14 June 2022 Try some new sound effects, have a unique guest on your podcast and break the monotony of creation. Karina Michel Feld, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2022 The matches were filmed on 5 HD cameras and streamed live on YouTube, complete with fake sound effects of ambient audience cheers. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 July 2022 The theme is pirate nautical, complete with dripping water sound effects. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 The Matrix won four Academy Awards, including for its sound and sound effects editing. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2022 Turn off the ridiculous and headache-inducing Jetsons sound effects that whoosh and whirr in response to accelerator position, and there's near silence thanks to the absence of road and wind noise. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 All of the characters were played by Wicker and Phillips, who also created the sound effects. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 While using Buildbox, users also get access to a library of game assets, sound effects and animations. Tam Nguyen, The Conversation, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sound effects

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound effects.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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