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scene

Noun

1 the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
2 an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad scene"
3 the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views" [syn: view, aspect, prospect, vista, panorama]
4 a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film [syn: shot]
5 a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century" [syn: picture]
6 a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three scenes"
7 a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene" [syn: fit, tantrum, conniption]
8 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" [syn: view]
9 the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story" [syn: setting]
10 the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery" [syn: scenery]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Med. French scène < scaena, scena si:n/

Noun

  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.
  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.
  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.
  6. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery.
  7. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before others; often, an artificial or affected action, or course of action, done for effect; a theatrical display.
  8. An element of fiction writing.
  9. A social environment consisting of a large informal, vague group of people with a uniting interest; their sphere of activity.

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Verb

  1. To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display.

Italian

Noun

scene
  1. Plural of scena

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *skaunaz

Adjective

scēne

Extensive Definition

Scene may refer to:

Music

Other arts and media

Technology

  • The Scene (software), a collection of pirate networks that obtain and copy new movies, music, and games, usually before they are even released
  • Demoscene, a computer subculture

Other

scene in German: Szene (Theater)
scene in Persian: صحنه
scene in French: Scène
scene in Dutch: Scene
scene in Polish: Scena
scene in Portuguese: Cena
scene in Simple English: Scene
scene in Swedish: Scen (sekvens)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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