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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun scene:


Scene is sometimes a misspelling of ceased.

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Definition of the noun scene

What does scene mean as a name of something?

Scene is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: scenes

  1. the place where some action occurs
    • example: the police returned to the scene of the crime
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
    • more specific terms:
  2. an incident (real or imaginary)
    • example: their parting was a sad scene
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: incident = a single distinct event
  3. the visual percept of a region
  4. a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
  5. a situation treated as an observable object
    • example: the religious scene in England has changed in the last century
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of scene: picture
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
  6. a subdivision of an act of a play
    • example: the first act has three scenes
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: dramatic composition / dramatic work = a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
    • part of: act = a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  7. a display of bad temper
  8. graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
    • example: he painted scenes from everyday life
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of scene: view
    • more generic term: graphic art = the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
    • part: depicted object / content / subject = something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
  9. the context and environment in which something is set
  10. the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of scene: scenery
    • more generic terms: set / stage set = representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
    • more specific terms:
      • background / backcloth / backdrop = scenery hung at back of stage
      • flat = scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas
      • masking piece / masking = scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
      • set piece = a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting

Alternative definition of the noun scene


  1. The location of an event that attracts attention.
  2. [theater] The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited; the part of a theater in which the acting is done, with its adjuncts and decorations; the stage.
  3. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the place in which the action is supposed to go on; one of the slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play; as, to paint scenes; to shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes.
  4. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or time, or important change of character; hence, a subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play, subordinate to the act, but differently determined in different plays; as, an act of four scenes.
  5. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination; place of occurrence, exhibition, or action.
  6. An assemblage of objects presented to the view at once; a series of actions and events exhibited in their connection; a spectacle; a show; an exhibition; a view.
  7. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery.
  8. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before others; often, an artificial or affected action, or course of action, done for effect; a theatrical display.
  9. An element of fiction writing.
  10. A social environment consisting of a large informal, vague group of people with a uniting interest; their sphere of activity.

Definition of the verb scene

What does scene mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: scened | scening | scenes

  1. To exhibit as a scene; to make a scene of; to display.


Scene is a record label.


  1. "SCENE" is a musical album of Aska.
    • released on (27 years ago)
  2. "scene" is a musical single of Michiyo Heike.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  3. "scene" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "scene" is a composition.
  5. "Scene" a.k.a. "Gudrun" is a composition.
  6. "Scene" is a musical EP of Mitsuyoshi Matsuda.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Scene" a.k.a. "Sigrid" is a composition.
  8. "Scene" is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. A limited edition version included Early Computer Works and a poster.


"Scene" is a book by Edward Gordon Craig.


  1. The scene subculture is a contemporary subculture which has been common in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America from the late 2000s until the mid 2010s. People involved in this style are called "scene people," "scene kids," "trendies" or sometimes "scenesters"in the US, "moshers," "chavmos," or "chemos" in the UK, "coloridos" in Latin America, and "shamate" in China.
  2. Scene: In fiction, a scene is a unit of drama. A sequel is what follows; an aftermath. Together, scene and sequel provide the building blocks of plot for short stories, novels, and other forms of fiction.
  3. Scene: In TV and movies, a scene is generally thought of as the action in a single location and continuous time. Due to the ability to edit recorded visual works, it is typically much shorter than a stage play scene.
  4. Scene is a TV program that run from 1968 to 1997.
    • begun in (47 years ago)
    • country: United Kingdom
    • some of the awards:
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge nomination for Roger Tonge
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge, received by Roger Tonge
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge nomination for Andrée Molyneux
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge, received by Andrée Molyneux
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge nomination for Roger Tonge
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Harlequin - Drama/Light Entertainment nomination for Roy Thompson
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge nomination for Roger Tonge
        • British Academy Television Rediffusion Star Awards: Flame Of Knowledge, received by Roger Tonge
        • British Academy Television Award for Best Children's Programme - Factual (My Brother David) nomination for Roger Tonge
  5. Scene: In the field of perception, a scene is information that can flow from a physical environment into a perceptual system via sensory transduction.
  6. Scene: The magazine for the Colgate University community. The Scene is published by Colgate University four times a year — in autumn, winter, spring, and summer. The Scene is circulated without charge to alumni, parents, friends, and students.

Phrases with Scene

Phrases starting with the word Scene:

  1. Scene Kid
  2. Scene-Dock
  3. Scene Safety
  4. scene painter
  5. Scene Size Up
  6. Scene-Shifter
  7. scene-stealer
  8. scene of action

Phrases ending with the word Scene:

  1. On-Scene
  2. Cut scene
  3. Sex Scene
  4. Crime scene
  5. Make a Scene
  6. on-the-scene
  7. Primal scene
  8. Deleted scene
  9. mise en scene
  10. Nativity scene

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Scene

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Google previewModern British Playwriting: The 1970s (2014)

Voices, Documents, New Interpretations by Chris Megson

The scene is the first of its kind in Brenton's original writing in dramatising the interplay between the private and public lives of the...

Google previewQueering The Terminator (2017)

Sexuality and Cyborg Cinema by David Greven

The primal scene is a foundational moment for the child's apprehension of adult sexuality. Yet, if one...

The primal scene is a copy or an imitation of an original scene of sexual intercourse that occurred at some point (at least before the recent ...

Google previewHow Movies Work (1987)

by Bruce F. Kawin

The scene is an occasion for significant behavior and dramatic interaction.

Google previewMilwaukee's Live Theater (2009)

by Jonathan West

Milwaukee’s live theater scene is the sum of several exciting parts.

Google previewBook Reviews (1898)

A Monthly Journal Devoted to New and Current Publications

The scene is the English village of Hatfield Regis; the central figure is a beautiful ...

Google previewLife (1884)

THE scene is the gate of a park (as in the " Lights o' London"). There is a village chorus of boys and girls (as in "Storm Beaten "). Madam Ponisi is the Fatal Grandmother. Miss Coghlan is an Angel of Purity (in pink). Mr. Kelcey is a Young ...

Google previewDiscrete Geometry for Computer Imagery (2003)

11th International Conference, DGCI 2003, Naples, Italy, November 19-21, 2003, Proceedings by Ingela Nyström, Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, Stina Svensson

A robust scene is a partition of Z2 into regular sets whose interiors are connected. A cartoon is a finite union of Jordan curves. Then (see [8]): Theorem 3. (a) For any finite S ⊆ Z2, ∂S is a (closed) Jordan curve if and only if S is regular and ...

Google previewCraft Beer Revolution (2013)

The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries by Joe Wiebe

Penticton's beer scene is the most developed with two strong breweries, Cannery and Tin Whistle, a brewpub, and the Kettle Valley Station, a local pub that offers craft beer from the region and elsewhere. Penticton also hosts the Okanagan ...

Google previewPausanias's Description of Greece (2012)

by Pausanias, James George Frazer

On the south side the scene is the chariot-race of Pelops and Oenomaus. In the chariot with Pelops is ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Beat Movement (2012)

by Paul Varner

EAST SIDE SCENE. During the early 1960s in the Lower East Side of New ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Security Management (2007)

by John Fay

Scene A ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2015)

The first officers attending the scene will make an initial assessment of the crime scene. They will secure the scene to an extent based on the information available at the time. This may include a perimeter cordon, which takes in areas not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002)

by David Levinson

Crime scene investigators need to adopt the practice of universal precautions, which is to treat every organic substance as potentially disease carrying. Besides biohazards, various nonorganic chemical agents also pose threats. For example ...

Google previewEssential Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary (1996)

The Most Practical and Easy-to-use Reference Now Available by Kevin M. Mitchell

Scene. (see. Seen). Scenery beanery greenery machinery Scent absent accent augment cement comment compliment consent content dent dissent ferment frequent indent invent present prevent relent rent repent represent resent supplement ...

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Quotes about Scene

It's one of those scenarios where no, I never imagined that I'd be directed in a love scene - not even a love scene because it's kind of a hard-core sex scene because it's kind of just purely played for this carnal venting. (Thomas Haden Church)
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Scrabble value of S1C3E1N1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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