- 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.
Origin of diorama
Related Words for dioramaprospect, picture, vista, survey, purview, reach, compass, scenery, sweep, orbit, range, radius, perspective, extent, spectacle, scope, overview, dimension, view, diorama
Examples from the Web for diorama
Historical Examples of diorama
Mrs. Darcy wants a circus-poster, or the canvas of a diorama.My New Curate
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
That building was intended for the exhibition of the Diorama.
Such was the Diorama as it was first exhibited in London to admiring crowds.
The latest stages of the process might be represented by a diorama.Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development
- 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