1. the place where some actions or event occurs
  2. any view or picture
  3. an incident or situation in real life
  4. an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners
  5. (within an act of a play, a motion picture, etc.) a unit of dramatic action in which a single point or effect is made
  6. the place in which the action of a play or part of a play is supposed to occur
  7. scenery
  8. in literature
  9. the stage, esp. of an ancient Greek or Roman theatre
(Webster's, 1989)