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scene (n.)

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" (see Ascians). According to Beekes' sources, the Greek word "originally denoted any light construction of cloth hung between tree branches in order to provide shadow, under which one could shelter, sleep, celebrate festivities, etc."

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.

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Definitions of scene from WordNet

scene (n.)
the place where some action occurs;
the police returned to the scene of the crime
scene (n.)
an incident (real or imaginary);
their parting was a sad scene
scene (n.)
the visual percept of a region;
Synonyms: view / aspect / prospect / vista / panorama
scene (n.)
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film;
Synonyms: shot
scene (n.)
a situation treated as an observable object;
the religious scene in England has changed in the last century
Synonyms: picture
scene (n.)
a subdivision of an act of a play;
the first act has three scenes
scene (n.)
a display of bad temper;
he made a scene
Synonyms: fit / tantrum / conniption
scene (n.)
graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept;
he painted scenes from everyday life
Synonyms: view
scene (n.)
the context and environment in which something is set;
Synonyms: setting
scene (n.)
the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale;
Synonyms: scenery
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