scene

noun
\ ˈsēn How to pronounce scene (audio) \

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
2a : 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 He has stolen her salad, but she's too well-mannered to make a scene [=act in a disruptive way].— Vincent Canby
5a : 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The video consists of three one-shot scenes, each of which was shot in only seven seconds. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Alicia Keys Enlists Michael B. Jordan, Plus Zoe Saldana and Her Husband for New Video Experience," 17 Sep. 2019 For photos and videos on the extraordinary food and drinking scenes in Northeast Ohio, follow @DineDrinkCLE on Instagram. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Damascus restaurant brings Syrian tastes to Canton," 17 Sep. 2019 And they are also expected to hear about the murder weapon’s improbable journey — a 1,300-mile trek from a New Mexico pawn shop to the South Side shooting scene to the street just blocks away where police recovered it. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Trial to begin in Tyshawn Lee slaying, WGN no longer Chicago’s very own and other things to know about to start your day," 17 Sep. 2019 In her interview scenes with the journalist reporting on the formers strippers’ crimes, Wu’s character is cloaked in white. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 Police said upon arrival while investigating the scene the building exploded—killing one Farmington Fire Department firefighter, injuring four firefighters and one LEAP employee. Gina Martinez, Time, "1 Firefighter Killed, Multiple Injured in Gas Explosion at Maine Nonprofit," 16 Sep. 2019 The school was placed on lockdown for about an hour as officers secured the scene and determined there was no other threat to the school. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police say officer kills armed man outside elementary school," 16 Sep. 2019 Mills also visited the scene and promised the state fire marshal's office will investigate. Robert F. Bukaty, David Sharp, Anchorage Daily News, "Propane explosion kills Maine firefighter and injures 6 people," 16 Sep. 2019 That the scene had cribbed Native culture to serve as a plot point is typical of the American film industry. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "IT: Chapter Two and the Great American Tradition of Selling Native Spirituality," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of scene

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of scene was circa 1520

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scene

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scene

: 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

noun
\ ˈsēn How to pronounce scene (audio) \

Kids Definition of scene

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

scene

Medical Definition of scene

— see primal scene

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