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.”
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.]
n 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
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
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]