special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects

: 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 The special effects are low-fi, but the sets are tremendous. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 May 2021 Often, TikTok trends start to spread when sounds become linked to special effects or joke formats. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 1 May 2021 Disney PhotoPass currently adds animated characters and special effects to its images of posing visitors, usually with theme park landmarks as backdrops. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 21 May 2021 The exchanges are enhanced with uncomfortably long reaction shots and farcical special effects. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 Autumn Rhodes, a gamer and special effects makeup artist will host, joined by fellow gamers Loserfruit and Fasffy. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 7 May 2021 Since those early days of Dolby Stereo, things have moved on and now a movie’s soundtrack is as important as the special effects. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Horwitz’s business, though, was as much an illusion as the special effects in his latest movie, federal investigators now say. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 Then again, it was filmed and broadcast a full decade before Jackson's culture-changing version of The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, so the set pieces and special effects are a lot rattier. Christian Holub, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of special effects

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Special effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20effects. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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