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English Dictionary: History by the DICT Development Group
4 results for History
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
history
n
  1. the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history"
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): history, account, chronicle, story
  3. the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
  4. the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future; "all of human history"
  5. 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"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   History \His"to*ry\, n.; pl. {Histories}. [L. historia, Gr.
      'istori`a history, information, inquiry, fr. 'istwr, "istwr,
      knowing, learned, from the root of [?] to know; akin to E.
      wit. See {Wit}, and cf. {Story}.]
      1. 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.
  
      2. 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.
  
                     Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise,
                     and is gifted with an eye and a soul. --Carlyle.
  
                     For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by
                     tale or history.                                 --Shak.
  
                     What histories of toil could I declare! --Pope.
  
      {History piece}, a representation in painting, drawing, etc.,
            of any real event, including the actors and the action.
  
      {Natural history}, a description and classification of
            objects in nature, as minerals, plants, animals, etc., and
            the phenomena which they exhibit to the senses.
  
      Syn: Chronicle; annals; relation; narration.
  
      Usage: {History}, {Chronicle}, {Annals}. History is a
                  methodical record of important events which concern a
                  community of men, usually so arranged as to show the
                  connection of causes and effects, to give an analysis
                  of motive and action etc. A chronicle is a record of
                  such events, conforming to the order of time as its
                  distinctive feature. Annals are a chronicle divided up
                  into separate years. By poetic license annals is
                  sometimes used for history.
  
                           Justly C[91]sar scorns the poet's lays; It is to
                           history he trusts for praise.      --Pope.
  
                           No more yet of this; For 't is a chronicle of
                           day by day, Not a relation for a breakfast.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
                           Many glorious examples in the annals of our
                           religion.                                    --Rogers.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   History \His"to*ry\, v. t.
      To narrate or record. [Obs.] --Shak.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   history
  
      1. A record of previous user inputs (e.g. to
      a {command interpreter}) which can be re-entered without
      re-typing them.   The major improvement of the {C shell} (csh)
      over the {Bourne shell} (sh) was the addition of a command
      history.   This was still inferior to the history mechanism on
      {VMS} which allowed you to recall previous commands as the
      current input line.   You could then edit the command using
      cursor motion, insert and delete.   These sort of history
      editing facilities are available under {tcsh} and {GNU Emacs}.
  
      2. {The history of computing
      (http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/index.html)}.
  
      3. See {Usenet} newsgroups {news:soc.history} and
      {news:alt.history} for discussion of the history of the world.
  
      (1995-04-05)
  
  
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