scene

A scene is where something happens or happened. How did you know that the thief would return to the scene of the crime?

Scene can also describe part of a movie or a play. Did the last scene make you laugh, cry, or fall asleep? There are lots of common phrases that use the word scene. If you “make a scene,” you draw attention to yourself with some kind of outburst. If something happens “behind the scenes,” the public doesn't know about it.

Primary Meanings of scene

1.
n
the place where some action occurs
2.
n
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
3.
n
a display of bad temper
Full Definitions of scene
1

n the place where some action occurs

“the police returned to the scene of the crime”
Types:
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light
an illuminated area
dark, darkness, shadow
an unilluminated area
field of honor
the scene of a duel
stage
any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something
locale, locus, venue
the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
Type of:
area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

n the context and environment in which something is set

Synonyms:
setting
Types:
scenario
a setting for a work of art or literature
Type of:
environment, environs, surround, surroundings
the area in which something exists or lives

n the visual percept of a region

Synonyms:
aspect, panorama, prospect, view, vista
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background, ground
the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
coast
the area within view
exposure
aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
foreground
the part of a scene that is near the viewer
glimpse
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
tableau
any dramatic scene
profile
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

n graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept

“he painted scenes from everyday life”
Synonyms:
view
Type of:
graphic art
the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking

n a situation treated as an observable object

“the religious scene in England has changed in the last century”
Synonyms:
picture
Type of:
situation, state of affairs
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

n an incident (real or imaginary)

“their parting was a sad scene
Type of:
incident
a single distinct event
2

n a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

Synonyms:
shot
Types:
outtake
a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

n the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

Synonyms:
scenery
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backcloth, backdrop, background
scenery hung at back of stage
flat
scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
masking, masking piece
scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
set piece
a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting
coulisse, wing flat
a flat situated in the wings
teaser, tormenter, tormentor
a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
Type of:
set, stage set
representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production

n a subdivision of an act of a play

“the first act has three scenes
Type of:
dramatic composition, dramatic work
a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
3

n a display of bad temper

“he made a scene
Synonyms:
conniption, fit, tantrum
Type of:
bad temper, ill temper
a persisting angry mood

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