from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
- n. A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A three-dimensional display of a scenery, often having a painted background in front of which models are arranged, e.g. in a museum where stuffed animals are presented against a painted landscape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mode of scenic representation, invented by Daguerre and Bouton, in which a painting is seen from a distance through a large opening. By a combination of transparent and opaque painting, and of transmitted and reflected light, and by contrivances such as screens and shutters, much diversity of scenic effect is produced.
- n. A building used for such an exhibition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spectacular painting, or a connected series of paintings, intended for exhibition to spectators in a darkened room, in a manner to produce by optical illusions an appearance of reality.
- n. A building in which dioramic paintings are exhibited.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
French, blend of dia-, through (from Greek; see dia-) and panorama, panorama (from English; see panorama).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)