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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 ?
But to-morrow evening, Laurence, Clara, and yourself, and dear little Alice too, shall visit the Diorama of Bunker Hill.
Detonations and falls were heard on all sides, great overthrows of icebergs, which altered the whole landscape like a diorama.
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
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.
Fouzia Saeed and a large number of children attended the colorful inauguration ceremony of the Diorama.
ISLAMABAD -- Lok Virsa on Thursday unveiled a diorama of Uncle Sargam, the famous puppet character, to pay tribute to the character and its creator Farooq Qaiser.
In the segment on promoting diversity and pluralism, members of the ethnic Hazara community thanked Lok Virsa for setting up a diorama at the heritage museum on Hazaras the first and only diorama of its kind anywhere in the world.
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The Christmas carroza led with a diorama detailing the family tree of Jesus in the Bible.
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ISLAMABAD -- A three-dimensional creative diorama representing a traditional dwelling of Hazara community from Balochistan opened here at Heritage Museum, Shakarparian under the aegis of the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa).
Tenders are invited for Fabrication, supply and installation of Diorama with execution of the conceptual theme of Diorama, fabrication of Art work and Theme in Diorama.