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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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British Dictionary definitions for panoramic


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 panoramic

1813; see panorama + -ic. Panoramic camera is attested from 1878.



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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