Definition of Theater

1. Noun. A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented. "The house was full"

2. Noun. The art of writing and producing plays.

3. Noun. A region in which active military operations are in progress. "He served in the Vietnam theater for three years"

Definition of Theater

1. 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.

Definition of Theater

1. Noun. A place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies etc. ¹

2. Noun. A region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war. ¹

3. Noun. A lecture theatre. ¹

4. Noun. (medicine) An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation. ¹

5. Noun. (US Australia New Zealand) A cinema, or picture theatre. ¹

6. Noun. Drama or performance as a profession or artform. ¹

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Definition of Theater

1. a building for dramatic presentations [n -S] : THEATRIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Theater

1. 1. A large room for lectures and demonstrations; sometimes applied to an operating room equipped for observation by persons other than the surgical team. 2. Any operating room or suite of such rooms. Origin: G. Theatron, a place for seeing, theater, fr. Theomai, to look at (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Theater

theater company
theater critic
theater curtain
theater director
theater in the round
theater light
theater of operations
theater of the absurd
theater of war
theater prompter
theater stage
theater ticket

Literary usage of Theater

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"Nation 104:321 Mr 15 '17 Growth in the theater; a conversation with Charles ... Llv Agre 292:561-4 Mr 3 47 Struggle of the American theater with the ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"R of Rs 52:110 Jl '15 Little country theater. AG Arvold. QJ Pub Speak 1:65-73 Ap '15 Little country theater—a great idea for democratic drama. ..."

3. Chief Contemporary Dramatists, Second Series: Eighteen Plays from the Recent by Thomas Herbert Dickinson (1921)
"NOTES ON THE PRODUCTION OF PLAYS MILESTONES, by Arnold Bennett and Edward Knoblock, was flrst presented at the Royalty theater, London, March 5,1912, ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"There was no corporate seal attached to the deed, but the certificate of acknowledgment described the grantor as "the American theater, Inc.," was In due ..."

5. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1910)
"Maude Adams in the Greek theater HE curving seats of the famous Greek theater at the University of California were hidden under an immense audience on the ..."

6. European Theories of the Drama: An Anthology of Dramatic Theory and by Barrett Harper Clark (1918)
"Most readers, when you speak to them of a treatise on the art of the theater, or to express it more simply as did our fathers, when you speak to them of the ..."

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