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 (dī′ə-răm′ə, -rä′mə)
1. A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
2. A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.

[French, blend of dia-, through (from Greek; see dia-) and panorama, panorama (from English; see panorama).]

di′o·ram′ic (-răm′ĭk) adj.


1. (Art Terms) a miniature three-dimensional scene, in which models of figures are seen against a background
2. (Art Terms) a picture made up of illuminated translucent curtains, viewed through an aperture
3. (Art Terms) a museum display, as of an animal, of a specimen in its natural setting
4. (Film) films a scene produced by the rearrangement of lighting effects
[C19: from French, from Greek dia- through + Greek horama view, from horan to see]
dioramic adj


(ˌdaɪ əˈræm ə, -ˈrɑ mə)

n., pl. -ram•as.
1. a scene in miniature reproduced in three dimensions by placing figures before a painted background.
2. a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background.
3. a partly translucent picture viewed through an aperture.
[1815–25; < French, =di- di-3 + Greek (h)órāma view (horā-, variant s. of horân to see, look + -ma n. suffix of result)]
di`o•ram′ic, adj.


1. a miniature, three-dimensional scene, often depicting a historical event.
2. an apparatus designed for giving extra realism to paintings by transmitting light through them in various colors and intensities at different times.
See also: Representation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diorama - a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scenediorama - a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
ikon, picture, icon, image - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"


[daɪəˈrɑːmə] Ndiorama m


nDiorama nt
References in classic literature ?
There was a bright full moon, with heavy black, driving clouds, which threw the whole scene into a fleeting diorama of light and shade as they sailed across.
Detonations and falls were heard on all sides, great overthrows of icebergs, which altered the whole landscape like a diorama.
But to-morrow evening, Laurence, Clara, and yourself, and dear little Alice too, shall visit the Diorama of Bunker Hill.
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
An even more revealing divergence was the contrast in the role of simulated reality in the American and British resorts: Coney copied a long tradition of the diorama which drew viewers into an illusion of dramatic events and beautiful sites.
Restrained in comparison to previous scenarios, both Champion--featuring a classically draped hero toting a lifelike Goliath-size decapitated head--and Homo habilis, with its off-kilter natural history diorama vibe, nevertheless seem vaguely hokey exceptions to White's new lower-key rule.
Savings Bond for her entry, a diorama of a volcano, lake, and trees, and an elevation map drawn in the clouds (right).
He then created small standardised models, and with the landscape artist and Officer in Charge of the section, made a 'sketch' model of the proposed diorama in clay or plaster.
THE figure in the glass phone box outside the National Gallery in London is not paying any attention to the tourists ambling past him on the sunny street,as he waits for a call to explain his art,his love of photographing diorama - glass-cased three dimensional scenes depicting animals in the wild, using stuffed subjects.
The twins find that by spinning in front of a mysterious lynx diorama, they can walk back to 1913 where they meet the original lynx hunting expedition.
The Counter Bush I Library, with its animatronic diorama where you get to throw up on the Japanese prime minister.
The museum houses a huge model and diorama of Vallorbe station as it was in 1908 and a 4.