scene


scene
/si:n/ noun
1 PLAY/FILM (C)
a) part of a play during which there is no change in time or place: Hamlet, Act 5 Scene 2
b) a single piece of action that happens in one place in a film, book etc: Some of the more violent scenes are very disturbing. | a love scene
2 VIEW/PICTURE (C) a view of a place as you see it, or as it appears in a picture: a peaceful country scene | a painter of street scenes
3 ACCIDENT/CRIME (singular) the place where an accident, crime etc happened
(+ of): the scene of the crime | on/at the scene: Investigators are now at the scene, searching for clues to the cause of the explosion. | Journalists were on the scene within minutes of the crash.
4 the gay/fashion/political etc scene a particular set of activities and the people who are involved in them: Keith is heavily involved in the London theatre scene. | the drugs scene
5 ARGUMENT (C) a loud angry argument, especially in a public place: a terrible scene that ended with Rachel running out of the restaurant in tears | There were angry scenes in parliament today. | make a scene: If you don't sit down and stop making a scene, I'm leaving!
6 SITUATION (C) all the things that are happening in a place, and the effect or situation that they cause
(+ of): The burning building was a scene of panic as everyone ran to get out. | a scene of perfect peace and harmony
7 bad scene AmE informal a difficult or unpleasant situation: We realized by the looks on their faces that we had walked into a bad scene.
8 not your scene informal not the type of thing you like: Loud discos aren't really my scene.
9 behind the scenes secretly, while other things are happening publicly: Most important political decisions are made behind the scenes.
10 set the scene
a) to provide the conditions in which an event can happen: The government seems unaware that these policies are setting the scene for social unrest.
b) to describe the situation before you begin to tell a story
11 be/come on the scene to be or become involved in a situation, activity etc: By then, there was a boyfriend on the scene.
—see also: a change of air/climate/scenery change 2 (3), steal the scene/show/limelight steal 1 (3)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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