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panorama

[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh] /ˌpæn əˈræm ə, -ˈrɑ mə/
noun
1.
an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.
2.
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.
3.
a building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation.
4.
a continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events:
the panorama of Chinese history.
5.
a comprehensive survey, as of a subject.
Origin of panorama
1790-1800
1790-1800; pan- + Greek (h)órāma view, sight, derivative of horân to see, look
Related forms
panoramic, adjective
panoramicaly, adverb
Synonyms
1. scene, vista, prospect.
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Examples from the Web for panorama
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  • Since he had quitted the panorama he felt as though he no longer knew where he was.

  • 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 Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for panorama

panorama

/ˌpænəˈrɑːmə/
noun
1.
an extensive unbroken view, as of a landscape, in all directions
2.
a wide or comprehensive survey: a panorama of the week's events
3.
a large extended picture or series of pictures of a scene, unrolled before spectators a part at a time so as to appear continuous
4.
another name for cyclorama
Derived Forms
panoramic (ˌpænəˈræmɪk) adjective
panoramically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
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Word Origin and History for panorama
n.

1796, "a painting on a revolving cylindrical surface," coined c.1789 by inventor, Irish artist Robert Barker, literally "a complete view," from pan- "all" + Greek horama "sight, spectacle, that which is seen," from horan "to look, see" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "comprehensive survey" is 1801.

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