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[n] graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; "he painted scenes from everyday life"; "figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment"
[n] the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
[n] the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
[n] a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
[n] a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three scenes"
[n] an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad scene"
[n] the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
[n] the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
[n] a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
[n] a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"

Misc. Definitions

\Scene\, n. [L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place, a tent, a stage.]
1. The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited; the part of a theater in which the acting is done, with its adjuncts and decorations; the stage.
2. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the place in which the action is supposed to go on; one of the slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play; as, to paint scenes; to shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes.
3. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or time, or important change of character; hence, a subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play, subordinate to the act, but differently determined in different plays; as, an act of four scenes. My dismal scene I needs must act alone. --Shak.
4. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination; place of occurrence, exhibition, or action. ``In Troy, there lies the scene.'' --Shak. The world is a vast scene of strife. --J. M. Mason.
5. An assemblage of objects presented to the view at once; a series of actions and events exhibited in their connection; a spectacle; a show; an exhibition; a view. Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! --Addison.
6. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery. A sylvan scene with various greens was drawn, Shades on the sides, and in the midst a lawn. --Dryden.
7. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before others; often, an artifical or affected action, or course of action, done for effect; a theatrical display. Probably no lover of scenes would have had very long to wait for some explosions between parties, both equally ready to take offense, and careless of giving it. --De Quincey. {Behind the scenes}, behind the scenery of a theater; out of the view of the audience, but in sight of the actors, machinery, etc.; hence, conversant with the hidden motives and agencies of what appears to public view.
\Scene\, v. t. To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display. [Obs.] --Abp. Sancroft.

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