the place where some action or event occurs: He returned to the scene of the murder.
any view or picture.
an incident or situation in real life.
an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners: Please don't make a scene in such a public place.
a division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing what passes between certain of the actors in one place.
a unit of action or a segment of a story in a play, motion picture, or television show.
the place in which the action of a play or part of a play is supposed to occur.
scenery ( def 2 ).
an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.
the setting or locale of a story.
the stage, especially of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.
an area or sphere of activity, current interest, etc.: the rock music scene; the fashion scene.
behind the scenes, in secret or in private.
make the scene, Slang. to appear in a particular place or engage in a particular activity: Let's make the scene downtown tonight. She was never one to make the drug scene.

1530–40; < Latin scēna background (of the stage) < Greek skēnḗ booth (where actors dressed)

interscene, noun

scene, seen.

1. arena, stage, location; center, focus. 2. See view. 3. episode. 4. demonstration, spectacle, show. Unabridged
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scene (siːn)
1.  the place where an action or event, real or imaginary, occurs
2.  the setting for the action of a play, novel, etc
3.  an incident or situation, real or imaginary, esp as described or represented
4.  a.  a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
 b.  a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
5.  films a shot or series of shots that constitutes a unit of the action
6.  the backcloths, stage setting, etc, for a play or film set; scenery
7.  the prospect of a place, landscape, etc
8.  a display of emotion, esp an embarrassing one to the onlookers
9.  informal the environment for a specific activity: the fashion scene
10.  informal interest or chosen occupation: classical music is not my scene
11.  rare the stage, esp of a theatre in ancient Greece or Rome
12.  behind the scenes out of public view; privately
[C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage]

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Word Origin & History

1540, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from M.Fr. scène (14c.), from L. scæna, scena "scene, stage," from Gk. skene "scene, stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE base *ska(i)- "to
shine, flicker, glimmer" (cf. Skt. chaya "brilliance, luster, shadow," Alb. he "shadow," Goth. skeinan, O.E. scinan "to shine"). Meaning "place in which the action of a literary work occurs" is attested from 1592; general sense (non-literary) is recorded from 1594. U.S. slang sense of "setting or milieu for a specific group or activity" is attested from 1951 in Beat jargon. Meaning "stormy encounter between two or more persons" is attested from 1761. Behind the scenes (1668) is an image from the theater, "amid actors and stage machinery" (where patrons are not admitted). Scene of the crime (1923) first attested in Agatha Christie.
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