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[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]
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  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.
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Origin of panorama

1790–1800; pan- + Greek (h)órāma view, sight, derivative of horân to see, look
Related formspan·o·ram·ic, adjectivepan·o·ram·i·cal·y, adverb


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1. scene, vista, prospect.
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • They are going to give a panoramic explanation of the Oriental question.

British Dictionary definitions for panoramic


  1. an extensive unbroken view, as of a landscape, in all directions
  2. a wide or comprehensive surveya 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
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Derived Formspanoramic (ˌpænəˈræmɪk), adjectivepanoramically, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
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Word Origin and History for panoramic


1813; see panorama + -ic. Panoramic camera is attested from 1878.

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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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