- an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.
- an extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene, often exhibited a part at a time and made to pass continuously before the spectators.
- a building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation.
- a continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events: the panorama of Chinese history.
- a comprehensive survey, as of a subject.
Origin of panorama
1790–1800; pan- + Greek (h)órāma view, sight, derivative of horân to see, look
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1. scene, vista, prospect.
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Examples from the Web for panorama
The woman left the motel and went to a Panorama City 7-Eleven, where she called the police.
They reportedly ended up in the Panorama Motel in Van Nuys, where Dencer carried the woman into a room and slept with her.
The 38-year-old was born Osama Lutfi in Panorama City, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, and grew up in nearby Woodland Hills.Was ‘Manager’ Sam Lutfi Britney Spears’s Savior, or Her Svengali?
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 30, 2012
Glitter strongly denies the allegations made in the BBC Panorama documentary.British Police Nab Glam Rocker Gary Glitter
October 29, 2012
The BBC embargoed previews of the Panorama documentary until transmission.Rupert Murdoch’s Battle With the BBC
March 26, 2012
Since he had quitted the Panorama he felt as though he no longer knew where he was.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
And, indeed, such a panorama I can hardly hope to see elsewhere.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
A relation of Peter T.'s; why, if he'd been twice the panorama he was we'd have let him in when he said that.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
But, strangely enough, they did not even glance at this panorama.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
I have but to shut my eyes and the panorama of it is before me.Gilian The Dreamer
- an extensive unbroken view, as of a landscape, in all directions
- a wide or comprehensive surveya panorama of the week's events
- a large extended picture or series of pictures of a scene, unrolled before spectators a part at a time so as to appear continuous
- another name for cyclorama
C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
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Word Origin and History for panorama
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