- an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.
- the setting or locale of a story.
Origin of scene
Examples from the Web for scene
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.
The scene was heavily cordoned off to traffic and anyone not with the police, press, or residents.
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The play contains one five minute scene about James Hewitt,” Conway says.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Suddenly, without warning, the whole feeling of the scene changes.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When Gwynne and Isabel descended the steps and stood looking down upon the scene for a moment, the younger people were dancing.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The grey light of dawn faintly illumined this scene of carnage, and its pale, cold gleams mingled with the ruddy glow of the fire.Annals of a Fortress|E. Viollet-le-Duc
Had I known all that must befall me, before my eyes beheld that scene again, I think indeed that it would have burst.Montezuma's Daughter|H. Rider Haggard
It was Loring's attitude throughout the scene that chiefly impressed Amaldi.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
The mention of Description brings us to the scene of a narrative.Talks on Writing English|Arlo Bates
British Dictionary definitions for scene
- a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
- a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
Word Origin for scene
Word Origin and History for scene
1530s, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from Middle French scène (14c.), from Latin scaena, scena "scene, stage of a theater," from Greek skene "wooden stage for actors," also "that which is represented on stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE root *skai- "to shine, flicker, glimmer" (see shine (v.)).
Meaning "material apparatus of a theatrical stage" is from 1540s. Meaning "place in which the action of a literary work occurs" is attested from 1590s; general (non-literary) sense of "place where anything is done or takes place" is recorded from 1590s. Hence U.S. slang sense of "setting or milieu for a specific group or activity," attested from 1951 in Beat jargon. Meaning "stormy encounter between two or more persons" is attested from 1761. Behind the scenes "having knowledge of affairs not apparent to the public" (1660s) is an image from the theater, "amid actors and stage machinery" (out of sight of the audience). Scene of the crime (1923) first attested in Agatha Christie.
Idioms and Phrases with scene
see behind the scenes; make a scene; make the scene; on the scene; set the scene for.