• A three-dimensional scene constructed to scale, usually with a painted background.

Media Studies

  • noun a scene that appears to be three-dimensional, e.g. one that is painted on layers of translucent material which the viewer looks at through a small hole


  • A type of panorama popular in the 19th century thatcreated a three-dimensional effect through such devices as the transparency,cut-out scenery, and special lighting and gave the impression of movement.In 1823 a diorama was opened in Regent's Park, London, by Daguerreand Bouton, who put scenery on rollers to create moving backgrounds.Popular attractions included a representation of the changing viewfrom a steamer sailing from Dover to Calais.