sound effects

plural noun

: 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sound effects was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Sound effects.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sound effects

noun plural
: effects that imitate sounds called for in the script of a play, radio or television program, or motion picture
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