A panorama is a wide, unbroken view, or a picture of one. Pay more for your hotel room in Hawaii and you'll likely get a balcony with a picture perfect panorama of the ocean.

The noun panorama was coined in 1789 by the inventor and artist Robert Barker to describe “a complete view.” These days you can click the panorama setting on your camera to capture an extra wide vista or scene. Don’t confuse panorama with diorama: They sound similar, but remember that a panorama is the view and a diorama is the viewing device.

Definitions of panorama
  1. noun
    the visual percept of a region
    synonyms: aspect, prospect, scene, view, vista
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    background, ground
    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    the area within view
    aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
    the part of a scene that is near the viewer
    a brief or incomplete view
    middle distance
    the part of a scene between the foreground and the background
    side view
    a view from the side of something
    any dramatic scene
    an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
    type of:
    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
  2. noun
    a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
    synonyms: cyclorama, diorama
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    icon, ikon, image, picture
    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
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