American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A visual effect added to a movie or a taped television show during processing. Often used in the plural.
- n. film, television An effect that cannot be reasonably achieved by normal means, as for example by the digital manipulation of previously filmed footage.
- n. an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)
“And Colonel Flowerdew had then become James Ratcliffe, ready for his next special effect — (ix) Royalist cannonade resumes.”
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