- 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
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Examples from the Web for panoramic
Fixed with a full bubble top, the panoramic view—in theory—eliminated blind spots and the need for mirrors.Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future
July 10, 2014
The view is marvelous, providing a panoramic vista of Central Park.Carla Bruni Opens Up About Her New Album, Being First Lady, Fashion, and More
June 27, 2013
The result is a panoramic view of one of the most geopolitically significant, and dangerous, countries in the world.Dodging Death in Pakistan
May 12, 2009
Two sights there are in this panoramic world which greatly madden me, and they are twins.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
I try in vain to conjure up a panoramic view of the neighborhood.The Promised Land
Helen could not banish from her mind this panoramic quality of the battle.Before the Dawn
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
They are like panoramic scenes that unfold in the theater of the universe.Birth of a Reformation
They are going to give a panoramic explanation of the Oriental question.Saunterings in and about London
- 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
Word Origin and History for panoramic
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.