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an arrangement of slow-burning fireworks forming a design or composition when lighted.
a piece of scenery used as part of a stage set, as a profile or three-dimensional construction built to stand independently on the stage floor:
A few set pieces simulating rocks and a fence constituted the scenery for the first act.
a work of art, literature, music, etc., having a prescribed thematic and formal structure:
the set pieces of Restoration comedy.
a scene, action, or the like, having a conventional form and functioning as part of the structure of a work of art, literature, etc.
a military operation carried out according to a rigid plan.
(in a novel, narrative poem, or the like) a passage more or less extraneous to the sequence of events, introduced to supply background, color, or the like.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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On screen, however, the play's final splashy
seems neither spontaneous nor uproarious.
In the jewelry-store job that is the opening
, his image is captured by a security camera.
at the entrance, two skeletons greet one another.
follows howling on the heels of another, slowly draining all lifeblood from the claims of narrative logic.
The former is a creature of spurts and unevenness, clattering from gag to gag,
Pacing isn't a problem: he lashes his characters cruelly from
Time study the worker who does not have a disability to
rate for workers with disabilities.
shall be nailed, tacked or screwed to the floor.
The look and feel is more of a story or a
rather than that of a single cartoon character.
British Dictionary definitions for
a work of literature, music, etc, often having a conventional or prescribed theme, intended to create an impressive effect
a piece of scenery built to stand independently as part of a stage set
a display of fireworks
) a rehearsed team manoeuvre, usually attempted in continuous games at a restart of play, esp when the other side has been penalized for improper play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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