scene

scene
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scenes
1) N-COUNT A scene in a play, film, or book is part of it in which a series of events happen in the same place.

I found the scene in which Percy proposed to Olive tremendously poignant.

...the opening scene of `A Christmas Carol'.

...love scenes.

...Act I, scene 1.

2) N-COUNT: usu sing You refer to a place as a scene when you are describing its appearance and indicating what impression it makes on you.

It's a scene of complete devastation...

Thick black smoke billowed over the scene...

You can just picture the scene, can't you?

3) N-COUNT: with supp You can describe an event that you see, or that is broadcast or shown in a picture, as a scene of a particular kind.

There were emotional scenes as the refugees enjoyed their first breath of freedom...

Television broadcasters were warned to exercise caution over depicting scenes of violence...

It was a bizarre scene.

4) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n The scene of an event is the place where it happened.

The area has been the scene of fierce fighting for three months.

...traces left at the scene of a crime...

Fire and police crews rushed to the scene, but the couple were already dead...

Riot vans were on the scene in minutes.

5) N-SING: supp N, usu the supp N You can refer to an area of activity as a particular type of scene.

Sandman's experimentation has made him something of a cult figure on the local music scene.

...when he first burst onto the national political scene at age 28.

...a youth guide to London's club scene.

6) N-COUNT: usu with supp Paintings and drawings of places are sometimes called scenes.

...James Lynch's country scenes.

7) N-COUNT: usu sing If you make a scene, you embarrass people by publicly showing your anger about something.

I'm sorry I made such a scene.

8) PHRASE: PHR with cl, PHR n If something is done behind the scenes, it is done secretly rather than publicly.

But behind the scenes Mr Cain will be working quietly to try to get a deal done.

...behind-the-scenes discussions.

9) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If you refer to what happens behind the scenes, you are referring to what happens during the making of a film, play, or radio or television programme.

It's an exciting opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes.

10) PHRASE: usu v PHR If you have a change of scene, you go somewhere different after being in a particular place for a long time.

What you need is a change of scene. Why not go on a cruise?

Syn:
a change of scenery
11) PHRASE: V inflects If you set the scene for someone, you tell them what they need to know in order to understand what is going to happen or be said next.

But first to set the scene: I was having a drink with my ex-boyfriend.

12) PHRASE: V inflects Something that sets the scene for a particular event creates the conditions in which the event is likely to happen.

Farmers mounted a `commando operation' to open up the lake's sluice gate and drain off 40 centimetres of water, so setting the scene for disaster.

13) PHRASE: usu v PHR When a person or thing appears on the scene, they come into being or become involved in something. When they disappear from the scene, they are no longer there or are no longer involved.

He could react rather jealously when and if another child comes on the scene...

Harris disappeared from the scene as suddenly as he had appeared.

14) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that an activity or place is not your scene, you mean that you do not like it or enjoy it. [INFORMAL]

Lying on the beach all week isn't my scene.


English dictionary. 2008.

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