pan·o·ram·a (păn′ə-rămə, -rämə)
1. An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area.
2. A comprehensive presentation; a survey: a panorama of American literature.
3. A picture or series of pictures representing a continuous scene, often exhibited a part at a time by being unrolled and passed before the spectator.
4. A mental vision of a series of events.
[Coined by British painter Robert Barker (1739-1806) to describe his cycloramic painting of Edinburgh, displayed in London in a specially built hall called the Panorama : PAN- + Greek horāma, sight (from horān, to see; see wer-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
pan′o·ramic (-rămĭk) adj.
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