Definitions for: Scene


[n] graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; "he painted scenes from everyday life"; "figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment"
[n] the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
[n] the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
[n] a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
[n] a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three scenes"
[n] an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad scene"
[n] the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
[n] the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
[n] a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
[n] a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"



Webster (1913) Definition: Scene, n. [L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place,
a tent, a stage.]
1. The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited;
the part of a theater in which the acting is done, with
its adjuncts and decorations; the stage.

2. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the
place in which the action is supposed to go on; one of the
slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of
reality to the action of a play; as, to paint scenes; to
shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes.

3. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or
time, or important change of character; hence, a
subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play,
subordinate to the act, but differently determined in
different plays; as, an act of four scenes.

My dismal scene I needs must act alone. --Shak.

4. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything
occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the
like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set
before the imagination; place of occurrence, exhibition,
or action. ``In Troy, there lies the scene.'' --Shak.

The world is a vast scene of strife. --J. M. Mason.

5. An assemblage of objects presented to the view at once; a
series of actions and events exhibited in their
connection; a spectacle; a show; an exhibition; a view.

Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
--Addison.

6. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery.

A sylvan scene with various greens was drawn, Shades
on the sides, and in the midst a lawn. --Dryden.

7. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before
others; often, an artifical or affected action, or course
of action, done for effect; a theatrical display.

Probably no lover of scenes would have had very long
to wait for some explosions between parties, both
equally ready to take offense, and careless of
giving it. --De Quincey.

Behind the scenes, behind the scenery of a theater; out of
the view of the audience, but in sight of the actors,
machinery, etc.; hence, conversant with the hidden motives
and agencies of what appears to public view.


Scene, v. t.
To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display. [Obs.]
--Abp. Sancroft.

Synonyms: aspect, conniption, fit, panorama, picture, prospect, scenery, setting, shot, tantrum, view, view, vista

See Also: act, area, backcloth, backdrop, background, background, bad temper, coast, content, country, dark, darkness, depicted object, dramatic composition, dramatic work, environment, environs, exposure, exposure, film, flat, flick, foreground, glimpse, graphic art, ground, ill temper, incident, light, locale, locus, masking, masking piece, middle distance, motion picture, movie, moving picture, outtake, photo, photograph, pic, picture, picture show, set, set piece, shadow, side view, situation, stage, stage set, state of affairs, subject, surround, surroundings, tableau, venue, visual image, visual percept

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