Definition of scene
1 : one of the subdivisions of a play: such asa : a division of an act presenting continuous action in one placeb : a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play the love scenec : a motion-picture or television episode or sequence
2a : a stage settingb : a real or imaginary prospect suggesting a stage setting a sylvan scene
3 : the place of an occurrence or action : locale scene of the crime
4 : an exhibition of anger or indecorous behavior make a scene
5a : sphere of activity the drug sceneb : situation a bad scene
behind the scenes
1 : out of public view; also : in secret
2 : in a position to see the hidden workings taken behind the scenes and told just how in fact the actual government … has operated — William Clark
Examples of scene in a Sentence
The play's opening scene takes place in the courtyard.
The actor was nervous about his big scene.
Police are now at the scene.
Recent Examples of scene from the Web
An affidavit and an incident report from the four officers at the scene were released a day after Woods spent nearly four hours in the Palm Beach County jail.
According to police, the suspect was found by authorities hiding behind a building near the scene of the incident.
Think back to Episode One, particularly to the scenes just prior to Kevin suffocating himself.
The sheriff had urged everyone to use extra caution when responding to drug scenes.
All of the blood in his films is CG-created as well, allowing the crew to do many takes without resetting a scene.
Emergency personnel were on the scene as some people at the school were complaining of respiratory problems, according to Montgomery County police.
The comedy scene of 1970s Los Angeles was a great time and place for talented, young stand-up comedians with ambition and appetites for drugs and alcohol.
The scene is nearly silent except for the creaking of a chair.
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Origin and Etymology of scene
SCENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scene for English Language Learners
: a division of an act in a play during which the action takes place in a single place without a break in time
: a part of a play, movie, story, etc., in which a particular action or activity occurs
: a view or sight that looks like a picture
SCENE Defined for Kids
Definition of scene for Students
1 : a division of an act in a play
2 : a single interesting or important happening in a play or story a fight scene
3 : the place of an event or action the scene of a crime
4 : a view or sight that resembles a picture a winter scene
5 : a display of anger or bad behavior
Medical Definition of scene
—see primal scene
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