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scene    : [s'in]
Scene \Scene\, v. t.
To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display. [Obs.]
--Abp. Sancroft.
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Scene \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.
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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.
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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.
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My dismal scene I needs must act alone. --Shak.
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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.
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The world is a vast scene of strife. --J. M. Mason.
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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.
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Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
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6. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery.
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A sylvan scene with various greens was drawn,
Shades on the sides, and in the midst a lawn.
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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.
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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.
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{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.
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n 1: the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to
the scene of the crime"
2: an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad
3: the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature
of the park are the beautiful views" [synonym: {view}, {aspect},
{prospect}, {scene}, {vista}, {panorama}]
4: a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of
action in a film [synonym: {scene}, {shot}]
5: a situation treated as an observable object; "the political
picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has
changed in the last century" [synonym: {picture}, {scene}]
6: a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three
7: a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a
tantrum"; "he made a scene" [synonym: {fit}, {tantrum}, {scene},
8: 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" [synonym: {scene}, {view}]
9: the context and environment in which something is set; "the
perfect setting for a ghost story" [synonym: {setting}, {scene}]
10: the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to
suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting
the scenery" [synonym: {scenery}, {scene}]

196 Moby Thesaurus words for "scene":
access, act, act drop, action, afterpiece, agora, airscape,
altercation, amphitheater, appear, area, arena, argument, asbestos,
asbestos board, athletic field, auditorium, back, backdrop,
background, batten, bear garden, behind the scenes, bit,
blaze of temper, blowup, border, bowl, boxing ring, brouhaha,
bull ring, burst, campus, canvas, chapter, chaser, circus,
cityscape, cloth, cloudscape, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum,
commotion, confidentially, coulisse, counterweight, course,
curtain, curtain board, curtain call, curtain raiser, cyclorama,
decor, diorama, display, distance, disturbance, divertimento,
divertissement, drop, drop curtain, epilogue, episode, eruption,
exhibition, exode, exodus, explosion, expository scene, exterior,
farmscape, field, finale, fire curtain, flare-up, flat, flipper,
floor, forum, get about, get around, go out, ground, gym,
gymnasium, hall, hanging, high words, hinterland, hippodrome,
hoke act, incident, interior, interlude, intermezzo, intermission,
introduction, landscape, lists, locale, locality, location,
lookout, make the scene, marketplace, mat, milieu, mise-en-scene,
number, open forum, outburst, outlook, palaestra, panorama,
parade ground, part, participate, pastoral, perspective, picture,
pit, place, platform, precinct, privately, prize ring, prologue,
prospect, public square, purlieu, rag, range, rear, ring,
riverscape, routine, row, scape, scene of action, scenery,
scenic view, screen, seapiece, seascape, secretly, section,
segment, set, setting, shtick, side scene, sight, site, sketch,
skit, skyscape, snowscape, socialize, song and dance, sphere, spot,
squared circle, stadium, stage, stage screw, stage set,
stage setting, stand-up comedy act, storm, striptease,
surreptitiously, sweep, tab, tableau, tantrum, teaser, terrain,
theater, tilting ground, tiltyard, tormentor, townscape,
transformation, transformation scene, turn, upset, view, vista,
walk, waterscape, whereabouts, wing, wingcut, woodcut,
wrestling ring

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