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[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh] /ˌpæn əˈræm ə, -ˈrɑ mə/
an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.
an extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene, often exhibited a part at a time and made to pass continuously before the spectators.
a building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation.
a continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events:
the panorama of Chinese history.
a comprehensive survey, as of a subject.
Origin of panorama
1790-1800; pan- + Greek (h)órāma view, sight, derivative of horân to see, look
Related forms
panoramic, adjective
panoramicaly, adverb
1. scene, vista, prospect. Unabridged
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  • It seemed to Leigh, looking from his eyrie, that Nature had never before painted a panorama of such wondrous beauty.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
  • Since he had quitted the panorama he felt as though he no longer knew where he was.

  • But the years passed, and the panorama of beliefs swept by, and no one could tell this man what was the Truth.

  • And, indeed, such a panorama I can hardly hope to see elsewhere.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • For an interminable period they sat silent as the panorama of hills glided by at a slow two-hundred miles an hour.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for panorama


an extensive unbroken view, as of a landscape, in all directions
a wide or comprehensive survey: a panorama of the week's events
a large extended picture or series of pictures of a scene, unrolled before spectators a part at a time so as to appear continuous
another name for cyclorama
Derived Forms
panoramic (ˌpænəˈræmɪk) adjective
panoramically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from pan- + Greek horāma view
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Word Origin and History for panorama

1796, "a painting on a revolving cylindrical surface," coined c.1789 by inventor, Irish artist Robert Barker, literally "a complete view," from pan- "all" + Greek horama "sight, spectacle, that which is seen," from horan "to look, see" (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "comprehensive survey" is 1801.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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