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English noun: scene

1. scene (location) the place where some action occurs

SamplesThe police returned to the scene of the crime.

Broader (hypernym)area, country

Narrower (hyponym)dark, darkness, field of honor, light, locale, locus, shadow, stage, venue

2. scene (event) an incident (real or imaginary)

SamplesTheir parting was a sad scene.

Broader (hypernym)incident

3. scene (cognition) the visual percept of a region

SamplesThe most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views.

Synonymsaspect, panorama, prospect, view, vista

Broader (hypernym)visual image, visual percept

Narrower (hyponym)background, coast, exposure, foreground, glimpse, ground, middle distance, side view, tableau

4. scene (communication) a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film


Broader (hypernym)exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

Narrower (hyponym)outtake

Part meronymfilm, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show

5. scene (state) a situation treated as an observable object

SamplesThe political picture is favorable.
The religious scene in England has changed in the last century.


Broader (hypernym)situation, state of affairs

6. scene (communication) a subdivision of an act of a play

SamplesThe first act has three scenes.

Broader (hypernym)dramatic composition, dramatic work

Part meronymact

7. scene (state) a display of bad temper

SamplesHe had a fit.
She threw a tantrum.
He made a scene.

Synonymsconniption, fit, tantrum

Broader (hypernym)bad temper, ill temper

8. scene (artifact) graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept

SamplesHe painted scenes from everyday life.
Figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment.


Broader (hypernym)graphic art

Part holonymcontent, depicted object, subject

9. scene (location) the context and environment in which something is set

SamplesThe perfect setting for a ghost story.


Broader (hypernym)environment, environs, surround, surroundings

Narrower (hyponym)scenario

10. scene (artifact) the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

SamplesThey worked all night painting the scenery.


Broader (hypernym)set, stage set

Narrower (hyponym)backcloth, backdrop, background, flat, masking, masking piece, set piece

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