from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The space separating the audience from the action of a theatrical performance, traditionally conceived of as an imaginary wall completing the enclosure of the stage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play.
  • n. The boundary between the fiction and the audience.


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  • "Norman Fell would occasionally break the fourth wall by staring at the audience with a smile realising something funny happened."


    August 15, 2008