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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scene \Scene\, n. [L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place, a tent, a stage.] 1. The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited; the part of a theater in which the acting is done, with its adjuncts and decorations; the stage. [1913 Webster] 2. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the place in which the action is supposed to go on; one of the slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play; as, to paint scenes; to shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes. [1913 Webster] 3. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or time, or important change of character; hence, a subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play, subordinate to the act, but differently determined in different plays; as, an act of four scenes. [1913 Webster] My dismal scene I needs must act alone. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination; place of occurrence, exhibition, or action. "In Troy, there lies the scene." --Shak. [1913 Webster] The world is a vast scene of strife. --J. M. Mason. [1913 Webster] 5. An assemblage of objects presented to the view at once; a series of actions and events exhibited in their connection; a spectacle; a show; an exhibition; a view. [1913 Webster] Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! --Addison. [1913 Webster] 6. A landscape, or part of a landscape; scenery. [1913 Webster] A sylvan scene with various greens was drawn, Shades on the sides, and in the midst a lawn. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 7. An exhibition of passionate or strong feeling before others; often, an artifical or affected action, or course of action, done for effect; a theatrical display. [1913 Webster] Probably no lover of scenes would have had very long to wait for some explosions between parties, both equally ready to take offense, and careless of giving it. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] Behind the scenes, behind the scenery of a theater; out of the view of the audience, but in sight of the actors, machinery, etc.; hence, conversant with the hidden motives and agencies of what appears to public view. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

99 Moby Thesaurus words for "behind the scenes": DR, alive to, appreciative of, apprised of, awake to, aware of, back to back, backstage, before an audience, before the footlights, behind, behind the curtain, behind the veil, camouflaged, causal, causative, cognizant of, concealed, conscious of, constitutive, covertly, decisive, determinative, disguised, down left, down right, downstage, effectual, etiological, formative, hep to, hidden, imperceptible, in a corner, in a whisper, in back of, in darkness, in hidlings, in secret, in the background, in the dark, in the know, in the limelight, in the rear, in the secret, indiscernible, informed of, insensible, institutive, invisible, latent, let into, mindful of, no stranger to, nobody the wiser, occasional, off stage, on the stage, on to, onstage, originative, out of sight, pivotal, privy to, secret, secretly, seized of, sensible of, sensible to, sightless, sotto voce, streetwise, sub rosa, submerged, tandem, unapparent, unbeheld, unbeholdable, undeceived, under the breath, under the rose, undercover, underground, undiscernible, unnoticed, unobserved, unperceivable, unperceived, unrealized, unseeable, unseen, unviewed, unwitnessed, up left, upright, upstage, viewless, wise to, with bated breath