- scene [ sin ] noun count ***▸ 1 part of play/book etc.▸ 2 view▸ 3 place where something happens▸ 4 activity/interest▸ 5 argument etc. in public▸ 6 situation▸ + PHRASES1. ) a part of a play, book, movie, etc. in which events happen in the same place or period of time:a love sceneopening/final scene: the opening scene of Macbethfilm/shoot/rehearse a scene: We have to shoot this scene today.2. ) a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are:She stood in the doorway surveying the scene.paintings that depict scenes of country life3. ) usually singular a place where something happens, usually something bad:scene of: the scene of the crime/accident/attackon/at the scene: The paramedics will be at the scene within a few minutes.a ) something that happens in a particular place:scene of: Eyewitness reports describe a scene of desolation.describe/imagine/picture/visualize a scene: Picture a peaceful scene and try to relax.4. ) usually singular a particular interest or activity, and the people and places that are involved in it:He is an important figure on the political scene.the music/rave/dance scene5. ) a noisy argument or a strong show of feelings in a public place:make/cause a scene: Shh, you're causing a scene!6. ) usually singular AMERICAN INFORMAL a situation:There's a bad scene at home right now.be/come on the sceneto start to exist or to get involved in a situation or activity:a band that first came on the scene in the 1980sbehind the scenes1. ) secretly instead of publicly:These agreements have been drafted by officials behind the scenes.behind-the-scenes negotiations2. ) not seen or heard by the audience of a movie, play, etc.:He prefers to work behind the scenes as a director.not your scene INFORMALnot something you enjoy:Camping isn't my scene.set the scene1. ) to create the conditions that make it possible for an event to happen:set the scene for: These findings have set the scene for further debate on the system.2. ) to give someone the information they need so that they can understand what is going to happen or be said:Let me just set the scene by telling you a little about the school.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.