|1.||a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.|
|2.||a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background.|
|3.||a spectacular picture, partly translucent, for exhibition through an aperture, made more realistic by various illuminating devices.|
|4.||a building or room, often circular, for exhibiting such a scene or picture, esp. as a continuous unit along or against the walls.|
but most of us think of making scenes in a shoe box, hobby lobby, or the natural history museum when we hear the word diorama.