Definition of pre-echo in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːˈɛkəʊ/

noun (plural pre-echoes)

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
More example sentences
  • One only mildly irritating curiosity worth mentioning here is a little bit of what sounds like pre-echo.
  • Mackerras gets the brasher engineering, and there is some pre-echo here as well.
2A foreshadowing: one can detect pre-echoes of both the later works
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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

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