from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A visual effect added to a movie or a taped television show during processing. Often used in the plural.
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- n. An effect that cannot be reasonably achieved by normal means, as for example by the digital manipulation of previously filmed footage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)
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And Colonel Flowerdew had then become James Ratcliffe, ready for his next special effect — (ix) Royalist cannonade resumes.