Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the place where some action occurs
  2. (noun, event) an incident (real or imaginary)
  3. (noun, cognition) the visual percept of a region
  4. (noun, communication) a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
  5. (noun, state) a situation treated as an observable object
    the religious scene in England has changed in the last century
  6. (noun, communication) a subdivision of an act of a play
  7. (noun, state) a display of bad temper
    she threw a tantrum
    he made a scene
  8. (noun, artifact) graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
    figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment
  9. (noun, location) the context and environment in which something is set
  10. (noun, artifact) the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Scene

  1. 1540, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from M.Fr. sc?ne (14c.), from L. sc?na, scena "scene, stage," from Gk. skene "scene, stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE base *ska(i)- "to shine, flicker, glimmer" (cf. Skt. chaya "brillian… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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