panorama

[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]

noun

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

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

Synonyms for panorama

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Examples from the Web for panorama

Contemporary Examples of panorama

Historical Examples of panorama

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for panorama

panorama

noun

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
Derived Formspanoramic (ˌpænəˈræmɪk), adjectivepanoramically, adverb

Word Origin for panorama

C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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