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
This time Mr Modi’s government moved to isolate Pakistan diplomatically, rebuffed behind-the-scenes efforts to calm tensions and sent unprovoked blasts of fire across the Kashmir border.
Body-cam footage from a Baltimore police officer allegedly shows the officer planting evidence at the scene of a drug arrest.
The guys running this come with an impressive background in the local cocktail scene.
This condition existed before Trump came on the scene.
Officers were called to the scene on a report of underage drinking.
Mueller said, adding San Diego Gas & Electric and the fire department’s Hazmat unit were on scene to take additional readings.
MacNichol has some especially funny scenes as the absurdly histrionic Hippolyta, who’s carrying on a backstage affair with the young gun Piers (Paul Turbiak, nailing the proud persona of this cocky upstart).
So is the humor throughout the film, especially the suburbs chase scene where Peter doesn’t have tall buildings to swing from, leading to the pool splashdown seen in the film’s trailer.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1520See Words from the same year
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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