scene ( scenes plural )
1 n-count A scene in a play, film, or book is part of it in which a series of events happen in the same place.
I found the scene in which Percy proposed to Olive tremendously poignant., ...the opening scene of `A Christmas Carol'.
2 n-count You refer to a place as a scene when you are describing its appearance and indicating what impression it makes on you.
It's a scene of complete devastation..., Thick black smoke billowed over the scene...
3 n-count You can describe an event that you see, or that is broadcast or shown in a picture, as a scene of a particular kind.
There were emotional scenes as the refugees enjoyed their first breath of freedom..., Television broadcasters were warned to exercise caution over depicting scenes of violence...
4 n-count The sceneof an event is the place where it happened.
usu sing, oft N of n
The area has been the scene of fierce fighting for three months..., Fire and police crews rushed to the scene, but the couple were already dead...
5 n-sing You can refer to an area of activity as a particular type of scene.
supp N, usu the supp N
Sandman is a cult figure on the local music scene.
6 n-count Paintings and drawings of places are sometimes called scenes.
usu with supp
...James Lynch's country scenes.
7 n-count If you make a scene, you embarrass people by publicly showing your anger about something.
I'm sorry I made such a scene.
8 If something is done behind the scenes, it is done secretly rather than publicly.
behind the scenes phrase PHR with cl, PHR n
But behind the scenes Mr Cain will be working quietly to try to get a deal done.
9 If you refer to what happens behind the scenes, you are referring to what happens during the making of a film, play, or radio or television programme.
behind the scenes phrase PHR after v, PHR n
It's an exciting opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes.
10 If you have a change of scene, you go somewhere different after being in a particular place for a long time.
a change of scene phrase usu v PHR
What you need is a change of scene. Why not go on a cruise?
11 If you set the scene for someone, you tell them what they need to know in order to understand what is going to happen or be said next.
set the scene phrase V inflects
But first to set the scene: I was having a drink with my ex-boyfriend.
12 Something that sets the scene for a particular event creates the conditions in which the event is likely to happen.
set the scene for sth phrase V inflects
Gillespie's goal set the scene for an exciting second half.
13 When a person or thing appears on the scene, they come into being or become involved in something. When they disappear from the scene, they are no longer there or are no longer involved.
on the scene/from the scene phrase usu v PHR He could react rather jealously when and if another child comes on the scene...
crime scene ( crime scenes plural ) A crime scene is a place that is being investigated by the police because a crime has taken place there. n-count
Photographs of the crime scene began to arrive within twenty minutes.