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sound effect

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.
Origin of sound effect
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
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sound effect

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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