Something seen by a viewer; a view or prospect. The place where an action or event occurs: the scene of the crime. The place in which the action of a play, movie, novel, or other narrative occurs; a setting. A subdivision of an act in a dramatic presentation in which the setting is fixed and the time continuous. A shot or series of shots in a movie constituting a unit of continuous related action. The scenery and properties for a dramatic presentation. A theater stage. A real or fictitious episode, especially when described. A public display of passion or temper: tried not to make a scene. A sphere of activity: observers of the political scene. Slang A situation or set of circumstances: a bad scene; a wild scene. behind the scenes Backstage. behind the scenes Out of public view; in secret.