Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A technical process by which sounds are created or altered for use in a film, video, or other electronically produced work.
  • n. A person who creates or alters sounds using this process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ,(US) The creation of sound effects, and their addition to film and TV images
  • n. ,(US) A foley artist

Etymologies

After Jack Foley (1891-1967), pioneering sound effect editor at Universal Studios in the 1930s.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Jack Foley (Wiktionary)

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  • At least it isn't a catheter.

    March 26, 2011

  • The consummate craft of Foley. All those little and big sounds in the movie you're watching have to be recreated from a vast storehouse of typical junkdrawer, wardrobe and miscellaneous paraphernalia. Fascinating! It'll enhance your appreciation of the film industry.

    March 2, 2011