special effects

plural noun

: visual or sound effects introduced into a motion picture, video recording, or taped television production

Examples of special effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Film, with its arsenal of special effects, makes a more natural medium for such a book’s translation, and Ang Lee has already made a popular movie version of it. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2023 Calm precision and clear intentions reverberate with mysteries; simple but jolting special effects convey the ambient hauntings of the physical world. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for special effects 

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special effects was in 1907

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“Special effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20effects. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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