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

  • n. An imitative sound, as of thunder or an explosion, produced artificially for theatrical purposes, as for a film, play, or radio program. Often used in the plural.

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  • n. An artificially created or enhanced sound, used to accompany the action of a dramatic production, such as a film, play or video game

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an effect that imitates a sound called for in the script of a play


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  • The opponent we didn’t want was Ed Zschau, a former high-tech executive and moderate congressman from the Bay Area whose own media blitz featured an arresting sound effect teaching voters how to pronounce his last name; it sounded like the first syllable of “shower.”

    No Excuses

  • a sound effect for good all over the South of Ireland.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent


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