special effect

noun

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)
  • a movie with spectacular special effects

Word by Word Definitions

special play
  1. : distinguished by some unusual quality

  2. : held in particular esteem

  3. : readily distinguishable from others of the same category : unique

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

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

  3. : a featured dish at a restaurant

effect play
  1. : something that inevitably follows an antecedent (such as a cause or agent)

  2. : a distinctive impression

  3. : the creation of a desired impression

  1. : to cause to come into being

  2. : to bring about often by surmounting obstacles : accomplish

  3. : to put into operation


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