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scene

(sēn)
n.
1. Something seen by a viewer; a view or prospect.
2. The place where an action or event occurs: the scene of the crime.
3. The place in which the action of a play, movie, novel, or other narrative occurs; a setting.
4.
a. A subdivision of an act in a dramatic presentation in which the setting is fixed and the time continuous.
b. A shot or series of shots in a movie constituting a unit of continuous related action.
5. A section of a narrative in which the action is depicted through detail and dialogue as if it is occurring in real time: The editor felt the story had too much summary and suggested that the author add more scenes.
6.
a. The scenery and properties for a dramatic presentation.
b. A theater stage.
7. A real or fictitious episode, especially when described.
8. A public display of passion or temper: tried not to make a scene.
9.
a. A sphere of activity: observers of the political scene.
b. Slang A situation or set of circumstances: a bad scene; a wild scene.
Idiom:
behind the scenes
1. Backstage.
2. Out of public view; in secret.

[French scène, stage, from Middle French, from Latin scaena, ultimately (possibly via Etruscan), from Greek skēnē, tent, building or construction serving as the background for a stage, perhaps originally meaning "shelter providing shade" and akin to Greek skiā, shade.]

behind the scenes

Out of the public view; from the theater, in which events in a play were sometimes intended to have taken place without being shown to the audience.
Translations
خَلْف الكَواليس
za scénou
bag kulisserne
kulissza: a kulisszák mögött
bakviî tjöldin
za scénou
el altındangizlice

scene

(siːn) noun
1. the place where something real or imaginary happens. A murderer sometimes revisits the scene of his crime; The scene of this opera is laid/set in Switzerland.
2. an incident etc which is seen or remembered. He recalled scenes from his childhood.
3. a show of anger. I was very angry but I didn't want to make a scene.
4. a view of a landscape etc. The sheep grazing on the hillside made a peaceful scene.
5. one part or division of a play etc. The hero died in the first scene of the third act of the play.
6. the setting or background for a play etc. Scene-changing must be done quickly.
7. a particular area of activity. the academic/business scene.
ˈscenery noun
1. the painted background for a play etc on a stage. The scenery looked rather shabby.
2. the general appearance of a landscape etc. beautiful scenery.
ˈscenic adjective
1. of scenery, real or theatrical. clever scenic effects in the film.
2. having beautiful scenery. a scenic highway.
behind the scenes
out of sight of the audience or public.
come on the scene
to arrive. We were enjoying ourselves till she came on the scene.

scenery is never used in the plural.
References in classic literature ?
The two characters which opened the comedy of The Rivals, "Fag" and "The Coachman," appeared on the scene -- looked many sizes too tall for their canvas background, which represented a "Street in Bath" -- exhibited the customary inability to manage their own arms, legs, and voices -- went out severally at the wrong exits -- and expressed their perfect approval of results, so far, by laughing heartily behind the scenes.
Now we, who are admitted behind the scenes of this great theatre of Nature (and no author ought to write anything besides dictionaries and spelling-books who hath not this privilege), can censure the action, without conceiving any absolute detestation of the person, whom perhaps Nature may not have designed to act an ill part in all her dramas; for in this instance life most exactly resembles the stage, since it is often the same person who represents the villain and the heroe; and he who engages your admiration to-day will probably attract your contempt to-morrow.
I have no doubt that it was largely nervousness that kept the mysterious playwright so long fumbling behind the scenes, for it was obvious that it would be no ordinary sort of play, no every-day domestic drama, that would satisfy this young lady, to whom life had given, by way of prologue, the inestimable blessing of wealth, and the privilege, as a matter of course, of choosing as she would among the grooms (that is, the bride-grooms) of the romantic British aristocracy.
They did not drag her away at once, but sang with her for a long time and then at last dragged her off, and behind the scenes something metallic was struck three times and everyone knelt down and sang a prayer.
As a tramp, I was behind the scenes of society--aye, and down in the cellar.
The general public did not understand the situation, even those who were in a measure behind the scenes found it hard to believe that the attack upon the Bekwando Gold and Land shares was purely a personal one.
Stepan Arkadyevitch went to the Grand Theater to a rehearsal of the ballet, and gave Masha Tchibisova, a pretty dancing-girl whom he had just taken under his protection, the coral necklace he had promised her the evening before, and behind the scenes in the dim daylight of the theater, managed to kiss her pretty little face, radiant over her present.
However, the chorus of guessing was cut short by Bruno, who suddenly rushed on from behind the scenes, and took a flying leap down among the Frogs, to re-arrange them.
Let's go and get crammed with ready made science at a lecture--let's hear the last new professor, the man who has been behind the scenes at Creation, and knows to a T how the world was made, and how long it took to make it.
The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and haw- hawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time.
He had entertained no notion, when doomed as he had thought to an unintellectual bucolic life, that such charms as he beheld in this idyllic creature would be found behind the scenes.
Lastly, Philippe would perhaps not have taken his brother behind the scenes of the Opera if Raoul had not been the first to ask him, repeatedly renewing his request with a gentle obstinacy which the count remembered at a later date.