• WordNet 3.6
    • n scene 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 scene the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale "they worked all night painting the scenery"
    • n scene the visual percept of a region "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
    • n scene a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
    • n scene a subdivision of an act of a play "the first act has three scenes"
    • n scene an incident (real or imaginary) "their parting was a sad scene"
    • n scene the context and environment in which something is set "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
    • n scene the place where some action occurs "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
    • n scene a situation treated as an observable object "the political picture is favorable","the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
    • n scene a display of bad temper "he had a fit","she threw a tantrum","he made a scene"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scenes in a Bazaar Scenes in a Bazaar
A Scene in Clissold Park A Scene in Clissold Park
Scene of the Martyrdom Canterbury Cathedral Scene of the Martyrdom Canterbury Cathedral
A landscape scene A landscape scene
downland scene downland scene
Fireside scene Fireside scene

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used for blood in the shower scene
    • Scene 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."
    • Scene 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!"
    • Scene 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."
    • Scene 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."
    • Scene 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 .
    • Scene 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 .""The world is a vast scene of strife."
    • Scene 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.
    • v. t Scene To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "The Matrix Reloaded" a 17 minute battle scene cost over $40 million to produce
    • n scene A stage; the place where dramatic pieces and other shows are performed or exhibited; that part of a theater in which the acting is done.
    • n scene The place in which the action of a play is supposed to occur; the place represented by the stage and its painted slides, hangings, etc.; the surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination.
    • n scene The place where anything is done or takes place: as, the scene of one's labors; the scene of the catastrophe.
    • n scene One of the painted slides, hangings, etc., used on the stage of a theater to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play. These are of several kinds, and are known, according to their forms and uses, as flats, drops, borders or soffits, and wings.
    • n scene A division of a play or of an act of a play, generally so much as represents what passes between the same persons in the same place; also, some particular incident or situation represented in the course of a play.
    • n scene One of a series of events, actions, or situations contributing to form a complete view or spectacle or a written representation or description: as, scenes from the life of Buddha; scenes and sketches of camp life.
    • n scene Any exhibition, display, or demonstration; especially, an exhibition of strong feeling, usually of a pathetic or passionate character, between two or more persons.
    • n scene A view; a landscape; scenery.
    • n scene = Syn.8. Prospect, Landscape, etc. See view.
    • scene To exhibit; make an exhibition or scene of; display; set out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Chinese artists freely painted scenes of nakedness and sex. However, they would absolutely never depict a bare female foot.
    • n Scene sēn a picture of the place of an action: a large painted view: place of action, occurrence, or exhibition: the part of a play acted without change of place:
    • v.t Scene to exhibit: to display
    • n Scene sēn (orig.) the stage of a theatre on which the actors perform: a series of landscape events connected and exhibited: a number of objects presented to the view at once: spectacle: view: any unseemly or ill-timed display of strong feeling between persons
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  • Marion Davies
    Marion Davies
    “Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.”
  • Orson Welles
    “Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be: am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place, a tent, a stage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scena—Gr. skēnē, a covered place, a stage.


In literature:

Scenes Sublime and Beautiful.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Hortense, child as she was, was bewildered by the scene, and her suspicions were evidently excited.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
He came forth slowly, and looked all around upon the scene as if in surprise.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
What scenes have its waters reflected, its mountains looked upon!
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
I never saw such a scene in my life as the funeral supper.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Further visits to the streets and bazars revealed new scenes, and such a variety of nationalities!
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
For some time the party remained silent, each contemplating the scene with feelings of pleasure.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
While this sad scene was enacting within, the country was full of tumult and conspiracy without.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
I remember the present Mr. Beverley, the scene-painter, assisted us in this.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
No scene could have been more desolate.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman

In poetry:

Just a fleeting vision
Caught as I hurried by,
A little scene elysian
Under the morning sky.
"Poppies At Monasteraven" by Clinton Scollard
Yet strangely, sadly fair,
O'er the wild scene,
Gleams, through its golden hair,
That brow serene.
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
In every scene, where every hour
Sheds some terrific grace,
In Nature's vast o'erwhelming power,
THEE , THEE , my GOD , I trace!
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
Soothingly, sweetly comes unto me
The thought that my soul may rest,
In a land whose glory shall be
Like cloud-scenes that glow in the west.
"Sunset" by Jared Barhite
"Far Away!" what does it mean?
A change of heart with a change of place?
When footsteps pass from scene to scene,
Fades soul from soul with face from face?
Are hearts the slaves or lords of space?
""Far Away"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Solemn and weird was the spectral scene—
The tombstones white, with low mounds between,
The awful stillness, eerie and dread,
Brooding above that home of the dead,
While Christmas fires lit up each hearth
And shed their glow upon scenes of mirth.
"Beneath The Snow" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

View full size Melvin James Laseter, 34, (shown) and Kelsey Jean Folker, 33, were charged Thursday, Sept 20, 2012, with burglary after their car caught on fire while fleeing from a crime scene.
Asia Argento in a scene from the Italian language gore-fest "La Terza Madre" ("The Mother of Tears") directed by Dario Argento .
Surveying the art scene in Boston and beyond.
In the opening scene of Sofia Coppola's art house drama "Somewhere," a slick, black Ferrari races throatily around a deserted track.
Patti Moore and Patrick Martin are seen in a scene from "All My Sons," by Arthur Miller , which opened last Friday at The Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave (Photo by Sara Stewart).
We sat side by side in director chairs, watching as the scene was set up and actors took their place.
Locals and visitors alike are leaving the sand and clubs to dip into the city's lively arts scene.
Spiridakos with Sam Huntington in a scene from Being Human.
No, this isn't a scene from the next "Matrix" movie.
Bobby Steggert in a scene from "The Nightingale" at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Assault rifle , drugs at scene of triple fatal Va. Local Most-viewed stories, videos and galleries int he past two hours.
In this film image released by Disney, Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor, left, and and Chris Evans portrays Captain America in a scene from "The Avengers".
Charmingly and forcefully, Astral Artists has finessed its way onto the local and national arts scene.
THEATER A savage and seductive performer with a potent skill set, Erin Markey has been busy these last several years conquering New York's downtown performance scene.
Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger Police and emergency crews are at the scene of a double drowning on Parkside Drive in Union Township, Union County.

In science:

First, the scene is parametric space rather than space-time.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
The vision system developed is capable of interpreting underwater scene by extracting subjective uncertainties of the object of interest.
Robotics Vision-based Heuristic Reasoning for Underwater Target Tracking and Navigation
All display computers know the scene's geometry, objects positions are updated by simulation.
Integration of a Balanced Virtual Manikin in a Virtual Reality Platform aimed at Virtual Prototyping
Hart, „Pattern Classificatio n and Scene Analysis“, John Wiley and Sons, 1973.
Markov Random Field Segmentation of Brain MR Images
We carried out image categorization experiments on a database containing eight classes of natural scenes.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes