The"a*ter, The"a*tre noun
, L. theatrum
, Gr. , fr. to see, view; cf. Skr. dhya
to meditate, think. Cf. Theory
- 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.
- Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc.
- That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater.
Shade above shade, a woody theater
Of stateliest view.
- 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.
- A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war.