scene

n.
1 a place in which events in real life, drama, or fiction occur; the locality of an event etc. (the scene was set in India; the scene of the disaster).
2 a an incident in real life, fiction, etc. (distressing scenes occurred). b a description or representation of an incident etc. (scenes of clerical life).
3 a public incident displaying emotion, temper, etc., esp. when embarrassing to others (made a scene in the restaurant).
4 a a continuous portion of a play in a fixed setting and usu. without a change of personnel; a subdivision of an act. b a similar section of a film, book, etc.
5 a any of the pieces of scenery used in a play. b these collectively.
6 a landscape or a view (a desolate scene).
7 colloq. a an area of action or interest (not my scene). b a way of life; a milieu (well-known on the jazz scene).
8 archaic the stage of a theatre.
Phrases and idioms:
behind the scenes
1 Theatr. among the actors, scenery, etc. offstage.
2 not known to the public; secret. behind-the-scenes (attrib.) secret, using secret information (a behind-the-scenes investigation). change of scene a variety of surroundings esp. through travel. come on the scene arrive. quit the scene die; leave. scene-dock a space for storing scenery near the stage. scene-shifter a person who moves scenery in a theatre. scene-shifting this activity.
set the scene
1 describe the location of events.
2 give preliminary information.
Etymology: L scena f. Gk skene tent, stage

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  • scène — [ sɛn ] n. f. • 1595; « représentation théâtrale de l Antiquité » v. 1375; rare av. XVIIe; lat. scæna, gr. skênê « tente », à cause de la construction édifiée sur la scène des théâtres grecs I ♦ 1 ♦ Dans un théâtre, L emplacement où les acteurs… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • scene — W2S2 [si:n] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(play/film)¦ 2¦(activities)¦ 3¦(accident/crime)¦ 4¦(view/picture)¦ 5¦(event/situation)¦ 6¦(argument)¦ 7 not be your scene 8 behind the scenes 9 set the scene 10 be/come on the scene …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scene — [ sin ] noun count *** ▸ 1 part of play/book etc. ▸ 2 view ▸ 3 place where something happens ▸ 4 activity/interest ▸ 5 argument etc. in public ▸ 6 situation ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) a part of a play, book, movie, etc. in which events happen in the same… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • scene — ► NOUN 1) the place where a real or fictional incident occurs or occurred. 2) a view or landscape as seen by a spectator. 3) an incident or representation of an incident of a specified nature: scenes of violence. 4) a sequence of continuous… …   English terms dictionary

  • Scene — 〈[ si:n] f.; ; unz.; umg.〉 = Szene [engl., „Szene“] * * * Scene [si:n ], die; , s <Pl. selten> [engl. scene < (m)frz. scène, ↑ Szene] (Jargon): 1. Örtlichkeit in einer Stadt, wo Verkäufer u. Käufer von ↑ …   Universal-Lexikon

  • scene — [sēn] n. [MFr scène < L scena, scaena < Gr skēnē, covered place, tent, stage < IE base * sk̑ai , to gleam softly > SHINE] 1. in ancient Greece or Rome, a theater stage 2. the place in which any event, real or imagined, occurs [the… …   English World dictionary

  • Scene — 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scene — (n.) 1530s, subdivision of an act of a play, also stage setting, from M.Fr. scène (14c.), from L. scaena, scena scene, stage, from Gk. skene scene, stage, originally tent or booth, related to skia shadow, shade, via notion of something that gives …   Etymology dictionary

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