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
Louisville Metro Police initially sought help from the public in locating the scene of the shooting and a person of interest after Jones was dropped off at the hospital by a friend.
The gunman left the scene after killing the three people but returned and shot the fourth person while deputies were in the area, and the deputies then fatally shot him, Lancaster said.
The Naperville Fire Department initially sent 13 rescue vehicles and pieces of apparatus to the scene, according to an electronic bulletin.
All of this makes the political scene a lot more entertaining, but also a lot less useful.
Behind-the- scenes photos tell the story of the museum’s building process and the process of building the museum’s collections.
A death investigation team dispatched by the Lake County coroner's office pronounced Medina dead at the scene from blunt force trauma injuries at 10:20 p.m. The manner of death was listed on a press release from the coroner's office as pending.
Cardoza was pronounced dead at the scene, while the officers were unharmed.
The images will then be uploaded to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, known as NIBIN, which is a database maintained by the ATF that collects similar images of casings recovered from crime scenes across the United States.
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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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