sound effect

[ soundi-fekt ]

  1. any sound, other than music or speech, artificially reproduced to create an effect in a dramatic presentation, as the sound of a storm or a creaking door. Abbreviation: SFX

Origin of sound effect

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby sound effect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sound effect in a sentence

  • The general sound-effect was a prolonged roar, with an interplay of rippings and tumultuous cheerings.

  • Then he realized that no subway train could possibly produce a sound effect so oddly disturbing and strangely alien.

    Zehru of Xollar | Hal K. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for sound effect

sound effect

  1. any sound artificially produced, reproduced from a recording, etc, to create a theatrical effect, such as the bringing together of two halves of a hollow coconut shell to simulate a horse's gallop; used in plays, films, etc

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