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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On the more flashy and dangerous end, hackers were able to give cranes completely fabricated commands and could even do so remotely so long as a small piece of hardware to relay the nefarious instructions was hidden somewhere on the scene. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Industrial Cranes Are Disturbingly Hackable," 16 Jan. 2019 In a scene that is right out of a movie, where no one knew what to do, ‘cause no one had ever been in that position before. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The Front Runner’ director Jason Reitman says technology has taught today’s young people how to be great filmmakers," 1 Nov. 2018 As PopSugar reports, Disney Peter Pan Mermaid Lagoon: A 1953 Collection features eight products, all inspired by one of the best scenes in Disney's animated Peter Pan. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Besamé’s New Vintage Mermaid Collection Is Inspired By Our Favorite Scene From Disney’s Peter Pan," 26 Oct. 2018 Starke's Instagram takes fans behind the scenes of her glamorous life. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Glenn Close's Daughter Annie Starke?," 25 Feb. 2019 Behind the scenes, studio executives grumble about the awards-season slog, which begins in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and continues through the Oscars in late February. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Is an Oscar Campaign Worth the Time and Money?," 22 Feb. 2019 Behind the scenes, Shell lent its weight to a carbon tax proposal too. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 This is another example of making assumptions without knowing what’s going on behind the scenes. Caitlin Flynn, Allure, "7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With a Chronic or Invisible Illness," 16 Oct. 2018 In fact, Tenold will be on the ground and behind the scenes capturing the rest of the Milan Fashion Week shows from backstage, including Versace, Prada, and Giorgio Armani. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Corey Tenold’s Best Backstage Photos From Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 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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