scene

play
noun \ ˈsēn \

Definition of scene

1 :one of the subdivisions of a play: such as
a :a division of an act presenting continuous action in one place
b :a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play
  • the love scene
c :a motion-picture or television episode or sequence
2 a :a stage setting
b :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
5 a :sphere of activity
  • the drug scene
b :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

  1. The play's opening scene takes place in the courtyard.

  2. The actor was nervous about his big scene.

  3. Police are now at the scene.

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Origin and Etymology of scene

Middle French, stage, from Latin scena, scaena stage, scene, probably from Etruscan, from Greek skēnē shelter, tent, building forming the background for a dramatic performance, stage; perhaps akin to Greek skia shadow — more at shine

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SCENE Defined for English Language Learners

scene

play
noun

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

scene

play
noun \ ˈsēn \

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 Dictionary

scene

medical Definition of scene

— see primal scene


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