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the place where events in real life, drama, or fiction occur: scene of the crime; any view or picture; an embarrassing public display of emotion: Please don’t make a scene!
Not to be confused with:
seen – past participle of see: I have seen the light.
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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.
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.
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.
a. A sphere of activity: observers of the political scene.
b. Slang A situation or set of circumstances: a bad scene; a wild scene.
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.]
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1. the place where an action or event, real or imaginary, occurs
2. the setting for the action of a play, novel, etc
3. an incident or situation, real or imaginary, esp as described or represented
4. (Theatre)
a. a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
b. a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
5. (Film) films a shot or series of shots that constitutes a unit of the action
6. (Theatre) the backcloths, stage setting, etc, for a play or film set; scenery
7. the prospect of a place, landscape, etc
8. a display of emotion, esp an embarrassing one to the onlookers
9. informal the environment for a specific activity: the fashion scene.
10. informal interest or chosen occupation: classical music is not my scene.
11. rare the stage, esp of a theatre in ancient Greece or Rome
12. behind the scenes out of public view; privately
[C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage]
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1. the place where some action or event occurs or has occurred: the scene of the accident.
2. any view or picture.
3. an incident or situation in real life.
4. an embarrassing display of anger, bad manners, or the like, esp. in public.
5. a division of a play, film, novel, etc., representing a single episode.
6. the place where the action of a story, drama, or dramatic episode is supposed to occur.
8. the stage, esp. of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.
9. an area or sphere of activity, current interest, etc.: the fashion scene.
behind the scenes,
a. in secret or in private.
b. where the full operations or activities of something take place.
[1530–40; < Latin scēna background (of the stage) < Greek skēnḗ booth]
syn: See view.
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1. 'scene'

The noun scene has several meanings.

It can refer to a part of a play, film, or novel.

Do you know the balcony scene from 'Romeo and Juliet'?
It was like a scene from a Victorian novel.

The scene of an accident or crime is the place where it happened.

They were only a few miles from the scene of the crime.

You can describe something as a scene of a particular kind when you are giving your impression of the things that are happening there at a particular time.

I entered the room to be greeted by a scene of domestic tranquillity.
The sun rose over a scene of terrible destruction.
2. 'sight'

You use sight to give your impression of the appearance of a particular thing or person.

A volcano erupting is a spectacular sight.
With his ragged clothes and thin face, he was a pitiful sight.

You can use the plural form sights to refer to the interesting things that there are to see in a particular place.

Did you have time to see the sights while you were in Moscow?
A guide offered to show us the sights.

There are some other nouns that are commonly used to refer to things that people see:

3. 'view'

View is used to refer to what you can see from a window or high place.

Her bedroom window looked out on to a superb view of London.
From the top of the hill there is a fine view.
4. 'landscape'

The landscape is what you can see around you when you are travelling through an area of land. You can use this word whether the area is attractive or not.

The landscape around here is very flat.
The train passed through the industrial landscape of eastern Massachusetts.
5. 'scenery'

Scenery refers to what you see around you in an attractive part of the countryside.

We stopped on the way to admire the scenery.
I think Scotland has the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Be Careful!
Scenery is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'sceneries' or 'a scenery'.

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A series of shots that make up one single unit of the film’s action; also, the stage-setting and backcloths for a film.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scene - the place where some action occursscene - the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
light - an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light"
darkness, shadow, dark - an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
field of honor - the scene of a duel
stage - any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something; "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare; "it set the stage for peaceful negotiations"
locale, locus, venue - the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
2.scene - an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad scene"
incident - a single distinct event
3.scene - the visual percept of a regionscene - the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
visual percept, visual image - a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
background, ground - the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
coast - the area within view; "the coast is clear"
exposure - aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces; "the studio had a northern exposure"
foreground - the part of a scene that is near the viewer
glimpse - a brief or incomplete view; "from the window he could catch a glimpse of the lake"
middle distance - the part of a scene between the foreground and the background
side view - a view from the side of something
tableau - any dramatic scene
4.scene - a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
photo, photograph, pic, exposure, picture - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, film, picture show, flick, picture - a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"
outtake - a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
5.scene - a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
6.scene - a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three scenes"
dramatic composition, dramatic work - a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
act - a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
7.scene - a display of bad temperscene - a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"
bad temper, ill temper - a persisting angry mood
8.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"
graphic art - the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
depicted object, subject, content - something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
9.scene - the context and environment in which something is setscene - the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
environs, surround, surroundings, environment - the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround"
scenario - a setting for a work of art or literature; "the scenario is France during the Reign of Terror"
10.scene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular localescene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
backcloth, backdrop, background - scenery hung at back of stage
flat - scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting
masking piece, masking - scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
set piece - a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting
stage set, set - representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; "the sets were meticulously authentic"
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1. act, part, division, episode the opening scene
2. setting, set, background, location, backdrop, mise en scène (French) The lights go up, revealing a scene of chaos.
3. incident, happening, event, episode There were emotional scenes as the refugees enjoyed their first breath of freedom.
4. site, place, setting, area, position, stage, situation, spot, whereabouts, locality Riot vans were on the scene in minutes.
5. (Informal) world, business, environment, preserve, arena, realm, domain, milieu, thing, field of interest the local music scene Sport just isn't my scene.
6. view, prospect, panorama, vista, landscape, tableau, outlook James Lynch's country scenes
7. fuss, to-do, row, performance, upset, drama, exhibition, carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), confrontation, outburst, tantrum, commotion, hue and cry, display of emotion I'm sorry I made such a scene.
8. section, part, sequence, segment, clip She was told to cut some scenes from her new series.
behind the scenes secretly, in private, in secret, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, on the quiet But behind the scenes he will be working quietly.
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1. That which is or can be seen:
2. The place where an action or event occurs:
3. The properties, backdrops, and other objects arranged for a dramatic presentation:
4. A sphere of activity, experience, study, or interest:
Slang: bag.
5. Slang. Existing surroundings that affect an activity:
circumstance (often used in plural), condition (used in plural), environment.
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حادِثمَجال، نِطاق، مَشْهَدمَشْهَدمَشْهَد من المَسْرَحِيَّهمَشْهَد، مَنْظَر
jelenetszínhelyszínpadi díszlet
atriîiatriîi, atburîursjónsjónarspil, lætisögusviî; vettvangur
ainaainavaaprindasdarbības vietadekorācija
quang cảnh


A. N
1. (Theat, Cine, TV, Literat) → escena f
Act I, Scene 1acto I, escena 1
a bedroom sceneuna escena de dormitorio
behind the scenes (lit, fig) → entre bastidores
the big scene in the filmla principal escena de la película
indoor sceneinterior m
love scenesescenas fpl de amor
outdoor sceneexterior m
the scene is set in a castlela escena tiene lugar en un castillo
to set the scene for a love affaircrear el ambiente para una aventura sentimental
now let our reporter set the scene for youahora permitan que nuestro reportero les describa la escena
2. (= sight) → escena f
it was an amazing sceneera una escena asombrosa
it was a scene of utter destructionla escena or el panorama era de destrucción total
there were scenes of violencehubo escenas de violencia
3. (= view) → vista f, panorama m; (= landscape) → paisaje m
the scene from the top is marvellousdesde la cumbre la vista es maravillosa or el panorama es maravilloso
the scene spread out before youel panorama que tienes delante
it is a lonely scenees un paisaje solitario
4. (= place) → escenario m, lugar m
the scenes of one's early lifelos lugares frecuentados por uno en su juventud
to appear or come on the scenellegar
when I came on the scenecuando llegué
he appeared unexpectedly on the scenese presentó inesperadamente
I need a change of scenenecesito un cambio de aires
the scene of the crimeel lugar or escenario del crimen
to disappear from the scenedesaparecer (de escena)
the scene of the disasterel lugar de la catástrofe
the police were soon on the scenela policía no tardó en acudir al lugar de los hechos (Mil)
the scene of operationsel teatro de operaciones
5. (= sphere of activity)
to be part of the Madrid sceneformar parte de la movida madrileña
the music scenela escena musical
it's not my sceneno me interesa or llama la atención
the political scene in Spainel panorama político español
to disappear from the political scenedesaparecer de la escena política
the pop sceneel mundo del pop
6. (= painting, drawing) → escena f
country scenesescenas fpl campestres
7. (= fuss) → escena f, escándalo m, bronca f (esp LAm)
try to avoid a sceneprocura que no se monte una escena or el número
I hate scenesdetesto las escenas or los escándalos
to make a scenehacer or montar una escena, montar un número
she had a scene with her husbandriñó con su marido
8. (= display of emotion)
there were emotional scenes as the hostages appearedhubo escenas de emoción cuando aparecieron los rehenes
their argument ended in an ugly scenesu discusión acabó mal
there were unhappy scenes at the meetingen la reunión pasaron cosas nada agradables
B. CPD scene change N (Theat) → cambio m de escena
scene painter N (= designer) → escenógrafo/a m/f; (= workman) → pintor(a) m/f (de paredes)
scene shift Ncambio m de escena
scene shifter Ntramoyista mf
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[ˈsiːn] n
(in theatre)scène f
behind the scenes (lit)dans les coulisses (fig)dans les coulisses
to appear on the scene (lit)faire son apparition, arriver (fig)faire son apparition, arriver
(= location) [crime, accident] → lieux mpl, lieu m, endroit m
The police were soon on the scene → La police est vite arrivée sur les lieux.
the scene of the crime → les lieux du crime
(= sight, view) → spectacle m, vue f
It was an amazing scene → C'était un spectacle étonnant.
(= sphere, field) → scène f
the political scene → la scène politique
the English rock scene → la scène rock anglaise
to come on the scene → arriver, faire son apparition
to have a change of scene → changer d'air, changer de décor
it is not my scene → ce n'est pas mon truc
(= fuss) → scène f
to make a scene → faire une scène
to set the scene (= explain background to sb) → planter le décor
to set the scene for sth (= create conditions for) → planter le décor pour qch
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(= place, setting)Schauplatz m; (of play, novel)Ort mder Handlung; the scene of the crimeder Tatort, der Schauplatz des Verbrechens; the scene of the battle was a small hilldie Schlacht fand auf einem kleinen Hügel statt; to set the scene (lit, fig)den Rahmen geben; the scene is set in PaduaOrt der Handlung ist Padua, das Stück/der Roman etc spielt in Padua; a change of scene does you goodein Tapetenwechsel mtut dir gut; to come or appear on the sceneauftauchen, auf der Bildfläche erscheinen; to disappear from the scenevon der Bildfläche verschwinden; after the accident the police were first on the scenenach dem Unfall war die Polizei als erste zur Stelle
(= description, incident)Szene f
(Theat) → Szene f; Act II, scene iAkt II, 1. Auftritt or Szene
(Theat: = scenery) → Bühnenbild nt, → Kulisse f; the stagehands move the scenesdie Bühnenarbeiter wechseln die Kulissen; behind the scenes (lit, fig)hinter den Kulissen
(= sight)Anblick m; (= landscape)Landschaft f; (= tableau)Szene f; scenes of Parisian lifeSzenen aus dem Pariser Leben; favourite (Brit) or favorite (US) Glasgow scenesdie beliebtesten Ansichten von Glasgow; they left behind a scene of destructionsie hinterließen eine Stätte der Verwüstung
(= fuss, argument)Szene f; to make a sceneeine Szene machen
(inf: = area of activity) → Szene f; the London drug/pop etc scenedie Londoner Drogen-/Popszene etc; on the fashion scenein der Modewelt; that’s not my sceneda steh ich nicht drauf (inf); to know the scene or what the scene iswissen, was abgeht (sl); it’s a whole different scene herehier sieht alles ganz anders aus, hier läuft alles ganz anders (inf); to make the scenegroß herauskommen (inf); he knew he’d made the scene when …er wusste, dass er es geschafft hatte, als … (inf)


scene change
scene painter
nBühnen- or Kulissenmaler(in) m(f)
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[siːn] n
a. (gen) (Theatre, Cine, TV) → scena
indoor/outdoor scenes → interni/esterni mpl
the scene is set in a castle → la scena si svolge in un castello
to set the scene (fig) → creare l'atmosfera
behind the scenes (also) (fig) → dietro le quinte
the political scene in Italy → il quadro politico in Italia
the Punk scene → il mondo dei punk
scenes of violence → scene di violenza
to make a scene (fam) (fuss) → fare una scenata
b. (of crime, accident) → luogo, scena
at the scene of the crime → sul luogo or sulla scena del delitto
she needs a change of scene → ha bisogno di cambiare aria
to appear or come on the scene (also) (fig) → entrare in scena
it's not my scene (fam) → non è il mio genere
c. (sight) → scena, spettacolo; (view) → vista, spettacolo
a scene of utter destruction → una scena di totale distruzione
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(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.
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مَشْهَد dějiště scene Schauplatz σκηνή escenario tapahtumapaikka scène scena scena 場面 현장 scène scene scena cena сцена scen สถานที่เกิดเหตุ sahne quang cảnh 现场
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n. escena, escenario.
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