Definitions of history

  1. a record or narrative description of past events; "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future; "all of human history" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge; "the dawn of recorded history"; "from the beginning of history" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To narrate or record. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An account of past facts and events affecting one or more nations, etc., arranged in the order of their occurrence; the branch of knowledge that studies and explains such facts. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. An account of an event: a systematic account of the origin and progress of a nation: the knowledge of facts, events, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Historic, historical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Systematic account of events. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A systematic record of past events; past events in general. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. An account of facts or events, especially in the life-development of men and nations, in the order in which they happened, with their causes and effects; a narration of facts; a knowledge of facts. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A systematic account of facts and events, particularly those affecting nations or states; a narration of past events. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Evidence. The recital of facts written and given out for true. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. Facts stated in histories may be read in evidence, on the ground of their notoriety. Skin. R. 14; 1 Ventr. R. 149. But these facts must be of a public nature, and the general usages and customs of the country. Bull. P.248; 7 Pet. R. 554; 1 Phil. & Am. Ev. 606; 30 Howell's St. Tr. 492. Histories are not admissible in relation to matters not of a public nature, such as the custom of a particular town, a descent, the boundaries of a county, and the like. 1 Salk. 281; S. C. Skin. 623; T. Jones, 164; 6 C. & P. 586, note. See 9 Ves. 347; 10 Ves. 354; 3 John. 385; 1 Binn. 399; and Notoriety. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  18. his'to-ri, n. an account of an event: a systematic account of the origin and progress of a nation: the knowledge of facts, events, &c.: an eventful life, a past of more than common interest, as a 'woman with a history:' a drama representing historical events.--v.t. (rare) to record.--n. HIS'T[=O]RIAN, a writer of history.--adjs. HIST[=O]'RI[=A]TED, adorned with figures, esp. of men or animals, as the medieval illuminated manuscripts, capital letters, initials &c.; HISTOR'IC, -AL, pertaining to history: containing history: derived from history: famous in history: authentic.--adv. HISTOR'ICALLY.--v.t. and v.i. HISTOR'ICISE, to make, or represent as, historic.--ns. HISTORIC'ITY, historical character; HISTORIETTE', a short history or story.--v.t. HISTOR'IFY, to record in history.--n. HISTORIOG'RAPHER, a writer of history: a professed or official historian.--adjs. HISTORIOGRAPH'IC, -AL, pertaining to the writing of history.--adv. HISTORIOGRAPH'ICALLY.--ns. HISTORIOG'RAPHY, the art or employment of writing history; HISTORIOL'OGY, the knowledge or study of history.--HISTORICAL METHOD, the study of a subject in its historical development; HISTORICAL PAINTING, the painting of historic scenes, or scenes in which historic figures are introduced; HISTORICAL PRESENT, the present tense used for the past, to add life and reality to the narrative, as in 'cometh' in Mark, v. 22.--ANCIENT HISTORY, the history of the world down to the fall of Rome, 476 A.D.; MEDIEVAL HISTORY, the history of the period between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the 16th century; MODERN HISTORY, history since the beginning of the 16th century; NATURAL HISTORY, originally an expression including all the concrete sciences, now the science of living things: (in frequent use) zoology, esp. in so far as that is concerned with the life and habits of animals; PROFANE, SECULAR, HISTORY, the history of secular affairs as opposed to Sacred history, which deals with the events in the Bible narrative. [L.,--Gr. historia--hist[=o]r, knowing; cf. eidenai, to know, L. vid[=e]re, Sans. vid, Eng. wit.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Continuous methodical record of public events; (no pl.) study of growth of nations; whole train of events connected with nation, person, thing, &c.; eventful past career, as this knife has a h.; (no pl.) aggregate of past events, course of human affairs; ancient h. (usu. to A.D. 476), (facet.) thing that is out of date; mediaeval, modern, h. (to, from, 15th c.); systematic account of natural phenomena &c., esp. NATURAL h.; historical play. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. A narrative or record of events. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. n. [Latin, Greek] A relation, statement, or account in order and detail;— a written record or narration of facts and events in the life of a nation, state, institution, or epoch, with disquisitions on their causes and effects;— a verbal narrative; a story;— an account of the life and actions of an individual— biography;— a description of animals, plants, minerals, &c., existing on the earth, called natural history. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. A narration of events and facts delivered with dignity; narration, relation; the knowledge of facts and events. Complete Dictionary

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