pan·​o·​rama | \ ˌpa-nə-ˈra-mə How to pronounce panorama (audio) , -ˈrä- How to pronounce panorama (audio) \

Definition of panorama

b : a picture exhibited a part at a time by being unrolled before the spectator
2a : an unobstructed or complete view of an area in every direction provides a panorama of the entire bay
b : a comprehensive presentation of a subject a panorama of American history
c : range faced a panorama of problems
3 : a mental picture of a series of images or events

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Examples of panorama in a Sentence

we admired the breathtaking panorama from the top of the mountain
Recent Examples on the Web The open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen make the most of the panoramas with plenty of natural light, but the vistas are even more impressive from the private deck off the master suite on the second floor. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Brady Brunch Star Barry Williams Sold the Malibu Home His Mom Built for $5.82 Million," 30 Oct. 2019 Its tone differs from the energetic panorama of Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) that re-created the AIDS activism of 1980s Paris. Armond White, National Review, "In By the Grace of God, Insight Surpasses PC Righteousness," 18 Oct. 2019 Press a button and the panorama erupts with music and flashing lights—a Las Vegas-style carnival of nuclear majesty. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 Yet the most extraordinary panoramas at Cape Weligama are reserved for the principal, crescent shaped pool, where the pounding waves and verdant landscapes appear to collide over the horizon. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Infinity Pools That Are Worth the Hotel Reservation Alone," 16 Sep. 2019 The crowd at the park moves slowly along the panorama, savoring every detail as a mournful melody of flutes and drums issues from somewhere in the rafters. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Ride an aerial tramway, called a teleférico, into the mountains to photograph a panorama of the city below. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Faced with a panorama as dramatic as the one presented by the U.N. report, who on the left can continue to have the slightest sympathy for Venezuela’s socialist regime and for 21st-century socialism? Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "In a United Nations Report, a Socialist Details Venezuela’s Horrors," 17 July 2019 Wilkes expands on this concept in his new book, Day to Night, which features panoramas of iconic places like New York's Coney Island, Moscow's Red Square and Arizona's Grand Canyon seen over the course of a day. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "How Photographer Stephen Wilkes Captures a Full Day in a Single Image," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of panorama

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for panorama

pan- + Greek hórāma "something seen, sight, spectacle," from horā-, stem of horân "to look, see" + -ma, resultative noun suffix — more at ware entry 2

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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for panorama

The first known use of panorama was in 1791

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English Language Learners Definition of panorama

: a full and wide view of something
: a way of showing or telling something that includes a lot of information and covers many topics : a thorough presentation of a subject
: a group that includes many different people or things : a wide selection


pan·​o·​rama | \ ˌpa-nə-ˈra-mə How to pronounce panorama (audio) , -ˈrä-\

Kids Definition of panorama

: a clear complete view in every direction

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