• WordNet 3.6
    • n theater a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented "the house was full"
    • n theater the art of writing and producing plays
    • n theater a region in which active military operations are in progress "the army was in the field awaiting action","he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The White House has a movie theater, swimming pool, bowling lane, jogging track, and a tennis court
    • Theater A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war.
    • Theater A sphere or scheme of operation. "For if a man can be partaker of God's theater , he shall likewise be partaker of God's rest."
    • Theater An edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed.
    • Theater Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc.
    • Theater That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater. "Shade above shade, a woody theater Of stateliest view."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The projection light used for IMAX theaters can be seen from space.
    • n theater A building appropriated to the representation of dramatic spectacles; a play-house. Among the Greeks and Romans theaters were among the most important and the largest public edifices, very commonly having accommodation for from 10,000 to 40,000) spectators. The Greek and Roman theaters resembled each other in their general distribution, the Roman theater being developed from the Greek with the modifications, particularly about the orchestra and the stage, due to the difference from the Greek of Roman dramatic ideals. The auditorium, including the orchestra, was commonly in general plan a segment of a circle, usually a half-circle in Roman examples, greater than a half-circle in Greek, and was not, unless very exceptionally, covered by a roof or awning. It was termed cavea by the Romans and κοῖλον by the Greeks. The seats were all concentric with the orchestra, and were intersected by diverging ascents or flights of steps, which divided the auditorium into wedge-shaped compartments (cunei, κερκίδες), and also by one longitudinal passage or more (see diazoma). The stage of the Roman theater formed the chord of the segment, and was called the scena (σκηνή). The Greek theater of the great dramatic period in the fifth century b. c. had no stage, the action taking place in the orchestra, or space below the seats, in which actors and chorus figured together, the orchestra proper being a circle in the center of which stood the thymele, or altar of Dionysus. The Romans appropriated the orchestra for the seats of the senators. The later Greek theaters had stages, at first wholly beyond the circle of the orchestra; but under the Roman domination in Greece the stage of nearly all the Greek theaters was moved forward until at list it occupied the position adopted by the Romans themselves. Besides these essential parts there were the λογει%26ον, proscenium, or pulpitum, the stage proper, and the postscenium, or structure behind the stage, in which parts the Greek and Roman theaters differed considerably. Almost all surviving Creek theaters were profoundly modified in Roman times, but the original disposition can still be followed in several, as those of Epidaurus and Sicyon. Scenery, in the modern sense of the word, was little employed, but the stage machinery became elaborate with the advance of time. In the early days of the modern theater the buildings were only partially roofed, and the stage but scantily if at all provided with scenery. The interior of the theaters of the present day is usually constructed on a horseshoe or semicircular plan, with several tiers of galleries round the walls. The stage has a slight downward slope from the back, and is furnished with movable scenes, which give an air of reality to the spectacle which was unsought in the ancient theater. See box, curtain, orchestra, parquet, pit, postscenium, proscenium, scene, stage, stall, thymele.
    • n theater A room, hall, or other place, with a platform at one end, and ranks of seats rising stepwise as the tiers recede from the center, or otherwise so arranged that a body of spectators can have an unobstructed view of the platform. Places of this description are constructed for public lectures, academic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations before a class, etc.: as, an operating theater.
    • n theater A place rising by steps or gradations like the seats of a theater.
    • n theater A place of action or exhibition; a field of operations; the locality or scene where a series of events takes place or may be observed; scene; seat: as, the theater of war.
    • n theater The drama; the mass of dramatic literature; also, theatrical representation; the stage: as, a history of the French theater.
    • n theater An amphitheater; hence, a circular reservoir or receptacle; a basin.
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  • George Santayana
    “It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.”
  • Arthur Miller
    “I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.”
  • Pythagoras
    “In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.”
  • Gail Godwin
    Gail Godwin
    “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. théâtre, L. theatrum, Gr. , fr. to see, view; cf. Skr. dhyā, to meditate, think. Cf. Theory


In literature:

The theater is darkened again.
"Behind the Beyond" by Stephen Leacock
The play of "Oedipe" was presented by Voltaire at the Theater Francaise, November Eighteenth, Seventeen Hundred Eighteen.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
The theater presents numerous cases of conventionalization.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He settled on the theater because it was most probable: after all, people were always losing things in theaters.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And then he wanted to hug me, but it wasn't my night to hug and I went down to the theater.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
The theaters were not simply placed for scenic amusement, but were foci of opinion and discussion.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
Since she had seen him at the theater, she had been suffering from sleeplessness.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Unmarried women do not go to theaters or restaurants with a man alone.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
It became successively Haverly's Comedy Theater and the New York Comedy Theater.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
All theaters at which Lily would have triumphed but for those dirty Dagoes!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne

In poetry:

All of us - righteous and sinners,
Born in prison, raised at the altar,
All of us are funny actors
In the theater of the Creator.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Tortures grow out of proportion
Fear and dismay - even greater;
What if continues His celebration
In the theater of the Creator.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Now he will return to Rome slightly tired,
but delightfully tired from this journey,
full of days of enjoyment —
at the theaters, the gardens, the gymnasia…
evenings at cities of Achaia…
Ah the delight of nude bodies, above all…
"Nero's Term" by Constantine P Cavafy
You kin harp about yer churches, with their steeples in the clouds,
And gas about yer graded streets, and blow about yer crowds;
You kin talk about yer "theaters," and all you've got to see--
But the little Town o' Tailholt is show enough fer me!
"The Little Town O' Tailholt" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Audio for the theater, which recently hosted the Broadway hit Barnum, is mixed using a Yamaha M7CL-32, which was chosen for its ability to meet the theater's space requirements as well as its specific features.
"Opus" at Curtain Call Theater ( Curtain Call Theater).
An Ambassador Theater Group presentation of the Theater Royal Brighton production of a play in two acts by Arthur Wing Pinero.
Theater Shades of Black Theatre Festival at Darkhorse Theater.
Kelly McAndrew stars as Margie in the Pittsburgh Public Theater production of "Good People" at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.
Charlottesville has lots of dinner and plenty of theater, but starting February 14 you'll be able to get both at once at the new Webster Studio dinner-theater on Route 33 in Barboursville.
Popovich Comedy pet Theater comes to Cal Poly's Spanos Theater this weekend.
Around & About Theater: Inferno Theater with a New ' Dracula ' at South Berkeley Community Church.
This month six years ago, the Latino Theater Company won a 20-year lease to the city-owned Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) in downtown L.A.
Broadway's elite gathered to honor Michael David, president of Dodger Properties, at UJA-Federation of New York's Theater Division's 2013 Excellence in Theater Award Dinner on Nov 26 at the St Regis New York.
Families fill Milagro Theater in 2009 for the theater's annual Posada celebration.
'No Place to Go' in performance in Two River Theater Company's Marion Huber Theater.
LOGANSPORT — Logansport Theater LLC, created specifically to build the proposed Logansport movie theater, should break ground the first week in December, a manager with the company said.
Around & About Theater: Inferno Theater with a New 'Dracula' at South Berkeley Community Church.
Guitarist John Petrucci of Dream Theater (photo: Mike Savoia) dream-theater-john-petrucci-photo-mike-savoia.

In science:

Special thanks to: The Boston Beer company; the fine folks who make Jose Cuervo tequila; Smith Kline Beecham (the makers of Tums antacids); Starbucks coffee; ESP custom-made guitars; Marshall Amplification; Roland Corporation; finally all the guys from Dream Theater and Metallica.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Comprising a set of sof tware applications and hardware devices (domes and theaters), the project has two kinds of applications.
AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
Both the space navigation sof tware and the simulation animations can run on various hardware, from single-screen notebook PCs to multiscreen stereographic theaters and stereographic full-dome theaters.
AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
This is the main commercial advantage of Interactive Cinema. A theater goer will plug their laptop into a network and interactively effect the plot line.
Graphics Turing Test
The Japan arc, at the crossing among the Eurasian, Philippine and Pacific plates, is the theater of important subduction processes.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior