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1. a theatrical or other entertainment
2. a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding
3. stop the show Informal (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance



(in Russian, obozrenie), a variety or theater presentation that consists of separate scenes and variety, choreographic, instrumental, and vocal numbers. The elements of a show are united by a common theme.

Shows first appeared in the 1830’s in France under the name of revues and had a topical interest, but at the end of the 19th century the revue was transformed into a simple entertainment vehicle. In the Soviet theater and the theater of socialist countries, such as Poland and Rumania, shows are comic and satiric presentations. They are part of the repertoire of variety theaters, music halls, and theaters of miniature genres, such as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniature Genres.

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Why did Hartlepool deputy mayoress Mary Fleet miss the visit of the Princess Royal who was being shown round the local yacht club?
After delivering the keynote speech at the Wales Low Zero Carbon Hub's '''' Nearer to Zero'''' conference at Llandudno last week he was shown round the new eco-build development at Bala being constructed by award-winning Williams Homes.
Pictures of Brendan Marrocco were shown round the world after he underwent a double arm transplant, having lost all four of his limbs when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq in 2009.
It was an absolute pleasure to be shown round this superb facility by Lady Oaksey a couple of years ago.
Having yesterday been shown round Kirkdale ABC and the Salisbury ABC, amongst others, Abberley held a meeting with Merseyside and Cheshire ABA last night.
The evening was a massive success and even though the weather could have been kinder, people turned out in their hundreds to see some of the year 5 and 6 students receive their degrees, with cap and gown proudly worn and to be shown round our school by prefects in their new uniforms.
The England and Chelsea star was shown round a pounds 4.
During your lesson, you will be shown round the aircraft by the instructor with a full explanation of controls and instrument panels.
The Royals were shown round the magnificent Grade I-listed 18th Century hall and its beautiful gardens by National Trust bosses.
Her Royal Highness was also shown round the impressive new facilities at Pwllheli marina.
The case--and his mother's decision to allow open-casket viewing of his brutalized body for pictures shown round the world 50 years ago--were powerful sparks for the Civil Rights Movement.
Mr Aspel, who was shown round by chairman Richard Morgan, met staff and was presented with a painting of the store, still has fond memories of his David Morgan days.