from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances.
- n. A room with tiers of seats used for lectures or demonstrations: an operating theater at a medical school.
- n. Dramatic literature or its performance; drama: the theater of Shakespeare and Marlowe.
- n. The milieu of actors and playwrights.
- n. The quality or effectiveness of a theatrical production: good theater; awful theater.
- n. Dramatic material or the use of such material: "His summation was a great piece of courtroom theater” ( Ron Rosenbaum).
- n. The audience assembled for a dramatic performance.
- n. A place that is the setting for dramatic events.
- n. A large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated: the European theater during World War II.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies, and so on.
- n. A region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war.
- n. A lecture theatre.
- n. An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.
- n. A cinema.
- n. Drama or performance as a profession or artform.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed.
- n. Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc.
- n. That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater.
- n. A sphere or scheme of operation.
- n. A place or region where great events are enacted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building appropriated to the representation of dramatic spectacles; a play-house.
- n. A room, hall, or other place, with a platform at one end, and ranks of seats rising stepwise as the tiers recede from the center, or otherwise so arranged that a body of spectators can have an unobstructed view of the platform.
- n. A place rising by steps or gradations like the seats of a theater.
- n. A place of action or exhibition; a field of operations; the locality or scene where a series of events takes place or may be observed; scene; seat: as, the theater of war.
- n. The drama; the mass of dramatic literature; also, theatrical representation; the stage: as, a history of the French theater.
- n. An amphitheater; hence, a circular reservoir or receptacle; a basin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a region in which active military operations are in progress
- n. the art of writing and producing plays
- n. a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
Classically, the term theater refers to actors performing on a stage in the physical presence of their viewers.
In college at Northwestern from 1998 to 2003, he was less interested in the traditional theater scene than in exploring Chicago, discovering what he calls the "theater of the streets."
An audience in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre never comes to any fuller comprehension of what a life in the theater is all about.
That feeling you get walking out of the theater is the last missing piece before we get true national education reform.
“What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending,” William Dean Howells said.
Seeing something so unique in a theater is a real treat.
I hate when people decide the theater is their own personal screening room.
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Across the street from the theater is the nineteenth century González Ortega Market, completely remodelled in 1982 as a shopping center.
Across the street from the theater is another garden, one that is much quieter than the bustling Rafael Paez.