Definition of sound bite in English:

sound bite


  • A short extract from a recorded interview or speech, chosen for its succinctness or concision.

    • ‘The average sound bite is much shorter than the average commercial.’
    • ‘The clever sound bite, the catchy phrase triumphs over the methodical argument.’
    • ‘Shorter has little patience for the culture of the quick sound bite or the cynicism of the manufactured single.’
    • ‘He brushes off the local reporters, giving them sound bites instead of answers to their questions.’
    • ‘His comments created a buzz on the Internet on Wednesday, fueled by sound bites of his speech on radio talk shows.’
    • ‘I've come up with a handful of sound bites, but I could use some more help.’
    • ‘We live in a time of short attention spans, fast food, and sound bites.’
    • ‘On TV, the crowds cheer and the candidates deliver snappy sound bites.’
    • ‘They've been hearing the sound bites from the government ministers and also from the farmers.’
    • ‘It's all government by sound-bite. It's all sound bites and reactionism.’
    • ‘You know, the voters get snippets here, headlines there, sound bites there.’
    • ‘Today the electorate functions largely on sound bites, clichés, promises and anxiety-evoking warnings.’
    • ‘They don't even have time to serve up a sound bite, much less an interview.’
    • ‘When the media reduce everything to the shortest sound bites we could ever imagine, what is the effect on the public?’
    • ‘Maybe we do not respond to this study because we are used to having things presented to us in sound bites by talking heads.’
    • ‘Maybe we have forgotten how to reflect in an age of instant everything - sound bites, computers, guzzle-and-go meals.’
    • ‘Politicians know the spiciest part of a speech is the sound bite.’
    • ‘In the news, time constraints driven by commercial requirements reduce the hourly news bulletins to sound bites.’
    • ‘The human mind is much more capable of integrating images, logos, and short sound bites than it is of comprehending any sort of coherent, logical argument.’
    • ‘In the following pages, you'll find sound bites from our interviews on some of the most debated issues in marketing today.’
    sentence, phrase, group of words, prosodic unit, construction, clause, utterance
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