Theater The"a*ter, Theatre The"a*tre, n. [F. th['e][^a]tre, L. theatrum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to see, view; cf. Skr. dhy[=a] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Shade above shade, a woody theater Of stateliest view. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. A sphere or scheme of operation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For if a man can be partaker of God's theater, he shall likewise be partaker of God's rest. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

5. A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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