Definition of pre-echo in English:



  • 1A faint copy heard just before an actual sound in a recording, caused by the accidental transfer of signals.

    ‘very faint pre-echoes do not really mar the recording’
    • ‘Mackerras gets the brasher engineering, and there is some pre-echo here as well.’
    • ‘One only mildly irritating curiosity worth mentioning here is a little bit of what sounds like pre-echo.’
  • 2A foreshadowing.

    ‘one can detect pre-echoes of both the later works’
    • ‘It featured some striking visual images, and Graham Greene's story, set against a background of racetrack racketeers, offers intriguing pre-echoes of Brighton Rock (which he published in 1938).’
    • ‘It is not a surprise, then, that echoes and pre-echoes of all three composers - with all of the charm but without much of the genius - can be heard in his work.’
    • ‘There are some fascinating pre-echoes here of present-day events, but it would be foolish to try to draw ‘lessons’ from them.’
    • ‘A curious pre-echo of Brecht's sardonic wit in East Germany 30 years later when the citizenry was rioting against the autocratic Communist rulers: ‘The government will have to dissolve the people and elect a new one.’’
    • ‘In a kind of pre-echo of Kant and Wittgenstein, Nicolas of Cusa argued that wisdom consists in an awareness of the limits of one's knowledge.’


[with object]
  • Foreshadow.

    ‘these three sonatas all pre-echo things to come’