(||Sca"zon) n. [L., fr. Gr. ska`zwn, fr. ska`zein to limp.] (Lat. Pros.) A choliamb.
(Scel"er*at) n. [F. scélérat from L. sceleratus, p. p. of scelerare to pollute, from scelus, sceleris,
a crime.] A villain; a criminal. [Obs.] Cheyne.
(Sce*les"tic) a. [L. scelestus, from scelus wickedness.] Evil; wicked; atrocious. [Obs.] "Scelestic
(Scel"et) n. [See Skeleton.] A mummy; a skeleton. [Obs.] Holland.
(||Sce"na) n. [It.] (Mus.) (a) A scene in an opera. (b) An accompanied dramatic recitative,
interspersed with passages of melody, or followed by a full aria. Rockstro.
(||Sce*na"ri*o) n. [It.] A preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera.
(Scen"a*ry) n. [Cf. L. scaenarius belonging to the stage.] Scenery. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Scene) n. [L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place, a tent, a stage.]
1. The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited; the part of a theater in which the acting is
done, with its adjuncts and decorations; the stage.
2. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the place in which the action is supposed to go
on; one of the slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play; as, to
paint scenes; to shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes.
3. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or time, or important change of character; hence,
a subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play, subordinate to the act, but differently determined in
different plays; as, an act of four scenes.
My dismal scene I needs must act alone.Shak.
4. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything occurs, or in which the action of a story, play,
or the like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination; place of occurrence,
exhibition, or action. "In Troy, there lies the scene." Shak.
The world is a vast scene of strife.J. M. Mason.