sound-bite

adjective
\ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌbīt How to pronounce sound-bite (audio) \

Definition of sound-bite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or characterized by sound bites sound-bite politics

sound bite

noun

Definition of sound bite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief recorded statement (as by a public figure) broadcast especially on a television news program also : a brief catchy comment or saying

Examples of sound-bite in a Sentence

Noun

His campaign relies on catchy sound bites.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Comey is apparently going to compare President Trump to a mob boss from the sound bite and from leaks. Fox News, "Senators grill Mike Pompeo on Russia, Iran, North Korea and Mueller investigation," 13 Apr. 2018 The dance now continues and switches gears as sound bites of Ailey and of Mr. Harris present a postlude suggesting them in conversation. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "New Works to Celebrate an Established Company," 12 Dec. 2018 Pelosi’s discursive style of speaking does not lend itself to sound bites. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 But the media gets a headline, sometimes a sound bite, the pundits. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 The YouTuber, who regularly gives away huge swaths of money to his subscribers, bought billboards, local television spots, radio sound bites, and more, all urging people to subscribe to Kjellberg. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "PewDiePie’s fans are fighting hard to ensure he remains the biggest YouTuber," 14 Nov. 2018 During the nearly 90-minute press conference, Mr. Musk veered from off-the-cuff sound bites about complex rocket trajectories to comments about his personal excitement. Anne Steele, WSJ, "SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist Is a Japanese Billionaire," 18 Sep. 2018 Dressed in a starched white button-down shirt and Adidas track pants, and wearing purple matte lipstick, Owens talks quickly in sound bites and statistics. NBC News, "YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right," 23 June 2018 The stories have turned troubled lives into metaphors and morality tales for a country many feel has gone astray at a time when political discourse often reduces complex problems to simplistic sound bites. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of sound-bite

Adjective

1986, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1972, in the meaning defined above

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sound bite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sound bite

: a short recorded statement that is broadcast on a television or radio news program

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