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theater Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
    house; theatre.
    • the house was full
  2. noun the art of writing and producing plays
    dramatic art; dramatics; dramaturgy; theatre.
  3. noun a region in which active military operations are in progress
    theatre of operations; theatre; field of operations; theater of operations; field.
    • the army was in the field awaiting action
    • he served in the Vietnam theater for three years

The"a*ter, The"a*tre noun (Also<
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F. théâtre, L. theatrum, Gr. , fr. to see, view; cf. Skr. dhya to meditate, think. Cf. Theory.
  1. 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.
  2. Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc.
  3. That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater. Burns.
    Shade above shade, a woody theater Of stateliest view. Milton.
  4. A sphere or scheme of operation. Obs.
    For if a man can be partaker of God's theater, he shall likewise be partaker of God's rest. Bacon.
  5. A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war.

Webster 1913