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

  • n. A realistic piece of stage scenery constructed to stand by itself.
  • n. An often brilliantly executed artistic or literary work characterized by a formal pattern.
  • n. A carefully planned and executed military operation.
  • n. A situation, activity, or speech planned beforehand and carried out according to a prescribed pattern or formula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a piece of freestanding stage scenery
  • n. any carefully planned sequence of operations, especially as part of a military operation
  • n. an elaborate action scene in a movie or video game
  • n. any planned strategy that a team uses after play is restarted with a free kick, penalty kick, corner kick, goal kick, throw-in or kickoff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting

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