noun Etymology: Middle French, stage, from Latin scena, scaena stage, scene, probably from Etruscan, from Greek skēnē shelter, tent, building forming the background for a dramatic performance, stage; perhaps akin to Greek skia shadow — more at shine Date: circa 1520 1. one of the subdivisions of a play: as a. a division of an act presenting continuous action in one place b. a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play <
the love scene
c. a motion-picture or television episode or sequence 2. a. a stage setting b. a real or imaginary prospect suggesting a stage setting <
a sylvan scene
3. the place of an occurrence or action ; locale <
scene of the crime
4. an exhibition of anger or indecorous behavior <
make a scene
5. a. sphere of activity <
the drug scene
b. situation <
a bad scene

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • scène — [ sɛn ] n. f. • 1595; « représentation théâtrale de l Antiquité » v. 1375; rare av. XVIIe; lat. scæna, gr. skênê « tente », à cause de la construction édifiée sur la scène des théâtres grecs I ♦ 1 ♦ Dans un théâtre, L emplacement où les acteurs… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • scene — W2S2 [si:n] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(play/film)¦ 2¦(activities)¦ 3¦(accident/crime)¦ 4¦(view/picture)¦ 5¦(event/situation)¦ 6¦(argument)¦ 7 not be your scene 8 behind the scenes 9 set the scene 10 be/come on the scene …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scene — [ sin ] noun count *** ▸ 1 part of play/book etc. ▸ 2 view ▸ 3 place where something happens ▸ 4 activity/interest ▸ 5 argument etc. in public ▸ 6 situation ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) a part of a play, book, movie, etc. in which events happen in the same… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scene — SCENE. s. f. La partie du theatre, où les acteurs representent devant le public. Dés que cet acteur paroist sur la scene. la scene estoit trop remplie d acteurs. Il se prend aussi quelquefois pour tout le theatre. La decoration de la scene. la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Scene — Scène  Pour les articles homophones, voir Cène et Seine. La scène en Théâtre Polonaise en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • scene — ► NOUN 1) the place where a real or fictional incident occurs or occurred. 2) a view or landscape as seen by a spectator. 3) an incident or representation of an incident of a specified nature: scenes of violence. 4) a sequence of continuous… …   English terms dictionary

  • Scene — 〈[ si:n] f.; ; unz.; umg.〉 = Szene [engl., „Szene“] * * * Scene [si:n ], die; , s <Pl. selten> [engl. scene < (m)frz. scène, ↑ Szene] (Jargon): 1. Örtlichkeit in einer Stadt, wo Verkäufer u. Käufer von ↑ …   Universal-Lexikon

  • scene — [sēn] n. [MFr scène < L scena, scaena < Gr skēnē, covered place, tent, stage < IE base * sk̑ai , to gleam softly > SHINE] 1. in ancient Greece or Rome, a theater stage 2. the place in which any event, real or imagined, occurs [the… …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scene — (n.) 1530s, subdivision of an act of a play, also stage setting, from M.Fr. scène (14c.), from L. scaena, scena scene, stage, from Gk. skene scene, stage, originally tent or booth, related to skia shadow, shade, via notion of something that gives …   Etymology dictionary

  • scene — [n1] setting of a performance or event arena, backdrop, background, blackout, display, exhibition, flat, flats, landscape, locale, locality, location, mise en scène, outlook, pageant, picture, place, representation, scenery, seascape, set,… …   New thesaurus

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