Learner's definition of SCENE
1 a : a division of an act in a play during which the action takes place in a single place without a break in time b : a part of a play, movie, story, etc., in which a particular action or activity occurs 2 [count] : a view or sight that looks like a picture 3 [count] : the place of an event or action — often + of 4 [count] : an occurrence in which someone becomes angry and loud in a noticeable way in a public place — usually singular
5 a : a particular area of activity that involves many people
b : someone's usual area of activity or surroundings : the place where someone lives, works, etc. — used in the phrase change of scene
The music scene is changing in the city.
The nightclub scene isn't for me. = (informal) Nightclubs are not my scene. [=I do not like to go to nightclubs]
He is new to the political scene. [=arena]
After years of making movies, she suddenly vanished from the scene.
6 [count] : something that happens : an event or occurrence — often + of
scenes of violence
a scene of celebration
behind the scenes
: in or into a private or secret place where things are done without being seen or known by the public
The workers behind the scenes have made the event a success.
They made the deal behind the scenes.
We were taken behind the scenes to see the making of the movie.
on the scene
— used to say that someone or something is or has become an important part of a situation, activity, etc.
She was lonely for a while, but now there's a new boyfriend on the scene. [=she has a new boyfriend]
a popular singer who first burst on the scene last year
Our lives have changed a lot since computers have come/appeared on the scene.
— see also scene 3 (above)
set the scene
1 : to give someone information that is needed to understand something 2 : to create the conditions in which something can happen