a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.
a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background.
a spectacular picture, partly translucent, for exhibition through an aperture, made more realistic by various illuminating devices.
a building or room, often circular, for exhibiting such a scene or picture, especially as a continuous unit along or against the walls.
- di·o·ram·ic, adjective
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How to use diorama in a sentence
If you lived in California as a kid, you probably remember your fourth-grade history assignment of building a state mission diorama.Morning Report: Faulconer’s Record Under the Microscope | Voice of San Diego | August 6, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
For many Californians, putting together a diorama is one of the most memorable parts of their education.The Learning Curve: Why Mission Dioramas Are (Mostly) History | Randy Dotinga | August 5, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Meanwhile, some teachers still require kids to make dioramas.The Learning Curve: Why Mission Dioramas Are (Mostly) History | Randy Dotinga | August 5, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The four entries scored this week by Kevin, sometimes with his wife, Deborah Hensley, are but perhaps a fourth of the dioramas and other photos he submitted.Style Conversational Week 1439: The Brood X-hibition | Pat Myers | June 3, 2021 | Washington Post
I’m hoping that some of the people who miss doing the Peeps dioramas will try this week’s more organic contest.
At ground level: comically huge, flat-leafed plants that look like they come from a prehistoric diorama.
Across from this display is a clay diorama of a gas chamber in action.
Mrs. Darcy wants a circus-poster, or the canvas of a diorama.My New Curate | P.A. Sheehan
It is an answer that rings down the curtain on the diorama called "Cruikshank the journalist."George Cruikshank | W. H. Chesson
Such was the diorama as it was first exhibited in London to admiring crowds.Great Facts | Frederick C. Bakewell
That building was intended for the exhibition of the diorama.Great Facts | Frederick C. Bakewell
For hundreds of miles, day after day, we were borne past a moving diorama of scenery unrivalled by anything here below.In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for diorama
a miniature three-dimensional scene, in which models of figures are seen against a background
a picture made up of illuminated translucent curtains, viewed through an aperture
a museum display, as of an animal, of a specimen in its natural setting
films a scene produced by the rearrangement of lighting effects
- dioramic (ˌdaɪəˈræmɪk), adjective
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