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.

Definitions of scene
  1. noun
    the place where some action occurs
    “the police returned to the scene of the crime”
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    an illuminated area
    dark, darkness, shadow
    an unilluminated area
    field of honor
    the scene of a duel
    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)
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    area, country
    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  2. noun
    the context and environment in which something is set
    synonyms: setting
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    a setting for a work of art or literature
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    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  3. noun
    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
    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)
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    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
  4. noun
    graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
    “he painted scenes from everyday life”
    synonyms: view
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    graphic art
    the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
  5. noun
    a situation treated as an observable object
    “the religious scene in England has changed in the last century”
    synonyms: picture
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    situation, state of affairs
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
  6. noun
    an incident (real or imaginary)
    “their parting was a sad scene
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    a single distinct event
  7. noun
    a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
    synonyms: shot
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    a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
    a short evocative scene, as in a film or play
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    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
  8. noun
    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
    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
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    set, stage set
    representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
  9. noun
    a subdivision of an act of a play
    “the first act has three scenes
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    a short evocative scene, as in a film or play
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    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
  10. noun
    a display of bad temper
    “he made a scene
    synonyms: conniption, fit, tantrum
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    bad temper, ill temper
    a persisting angry mood
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