dra·ma /ˈdrɑmə, ˈdræ-/
1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.
A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon. --Milton.
2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. “The drama of war.”
Westward the course of empire takes its way;
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last. --Berkeley.
The drama and contrivances of God's providence. --Sharp.
3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
Note: ☞ The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.
The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage.
n 1: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a
stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced
on Broadway" [syn: play, dramatic play]
2: an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional [syn: dramatic
3: the literary genre of works intended for the theater
4: the quality of being arresting or highly emotional