Scene definition

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The place in which the action of a play, movie, novel, or other narrative occurs; a setting.
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The place where an action or event occurs.

The scene of the crime.

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Something seen by a viewer; a view or prospect.
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A division of a play, usually part of an act, in which conventionally the action is continuous and in a single place.
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The place in which any event, real or imagined, occurs.

The scene of a battle.

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An awkward or embarrassing display of strong or excited feeling before others.

To make a scene in court.

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The definition of a scene is a place where something occurs or a setting in a story.

An example of a scene is where a crime occurred.

An example of a scene is the balcony episode in Romeo and Juliet.

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A real or fictitious episode, especially when described.
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An episode, situation, or event, real or imaginary, esp. as described or represented.
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A public display of passion or temper.

Tried not to make a scene.

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A subdivision of an act in a dramatic presentation in which the setting is fixed and the time continuous.
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A shot or series of shots in a movie constituting a unit of continuous related action.
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The scenery and properties for a dramatic presentation.
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A theater stage.
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(informal) The locale or environment for a specified activity.

The poetry scene.

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The setting or locale of the action of a play, opera, story, etc.

The scene of Hamlet is Denmark.

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A sphere of activity.

Observers of the political scene.

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(slang) A situation or set of circumstances.

A bad scene; a wild scene.

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A part of a play, film, story, etc. that constitutes a unit of development or action, as a passage between certain characters.
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(film) A section of a film, usually made up of a number of shots, which is unified by time, setting, characters, etc.
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The location of an event that attracts attention.

The scene of the crime.

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(theater) 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.

They stood in the centre of the scene.

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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.
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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.

The play is divided into three acts, and in total twenty-five scenes.

The most moving scene is the final one, where he realizes he has wasted his whole life.

There were some very erotic scenes in the movie, although it was not classified as pornography.

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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.
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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.

He assessed the scene to check for any danger, and agreed it was safe.

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A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery.
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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.

They saw an angry scene outside the pub.

The crazy lady made a scene in the grocery store.

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An element of fiction writing.
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A social environment consisting of an informal, vague group of people with a uniting interest; their sphere of activity; a subculture.

She got into the emo scene at an early age.

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To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display.
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In ancient Greece or Rome, a theater stage.
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A view of people or places; picture or spectacle.
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behind the scenes
  • Backstage.
  • Out of public view; in secret.
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behind the scenes
  • backstage
  • in private or in secrecy; not for public knowledge
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(slang) make the scene
  • to be present
  • to participate, esp. in an effective or noticeable way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scene
Plural:
scenes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of scene

  • French scène stage from Old French from Latin scaena from Greek skēnē tent, stage (via Etruscan)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French scene, from Latin scaena, scÄ“na, from Ancient Greek σκηνή (skÄ“nÄ“, “scene, stage").

    From Wiktionary