Pronunciation Noun

scene (plural scenes)

  1. The location of an event that attracts attention.
    the scene of the crime
  2. (archaic, theater) the stage.
    They stood in the centre of the scene.
  3. (theatre) The decorations; furnishings and backgrounds of a stage, representing the place in which the action of a play is set
    to paint scenes
    to change the scenes
    behind the scenes
  4. (theatre) A part of a dramatic work that is set in the same place or time. In the theatre, generally a number of scenes constitute an act.
    The play is divided into three acts, and in total twenty-five scenes.
    The most moving scene is the final one, where he realizes he has wasted his whole life.
    There were some very erotic scenes in the movie, although it was not classified as pornography.
  5. The location, time, circumstances, etc., in which something occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the like, is set up
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene prologue]:
      In Troy, there lies the scene.
    • The world is a vast scene of strife.
  6. A combination of objects or events in view or happening at a given moment at a particular place.
    He assessed the scene to check for any danger, and agreed it was safe.
    They saw an angry scene outside the pub.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 5, scene 1]:
      Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
  7. 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.
  8. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before others, creating embarrassment or disruption; often, an artificial or affected action, or course of action, done for effect; a theatrical display
    The headmistress told the students not to cause a scene.
    The crazy lady made a scene in the grocery store.
    • Probably no lover of scenes would have had very long to wait or some explosions between parties, both equally ready to take offence, and careless of giving it.
  9. An element of fiction writing.
  10. A social environment consisting of an informal, vague group of people with a uniting interest; their sphere of activity; a subculture.
    She got into the emo scene at an early age.
Translations Translations
  • French: scène
  • Russian: сце́на
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

scene (scenes, present participle scening; past and past participle scened)

  1. (transitive) To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display.

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