Definitions for historyˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

his•to•ryˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.

    Category: Western History

  2. a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usu. written as a chronological account.

    Category: Western History

  3. the aggregate of past events.

    Category: Western History

  4. the record of past events and times, esp. in connection with the human race.

    Category: Western History

  5. a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events:

    a ship with a history.

    Category: Western History

  6. acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future.

    Category: Western History

  7. a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without reference to time.

    Category: Western History

  8. a drama representing historical events.

    Category: Western History, Literature

Idioms for history:

  1. be history,to be no longer present, participating, or relevant:

    If they lose this game, they're history.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of history:

1350–1400; ME < L historia < Gk historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history, der. of hístōr one who knows or sees (akin to wit2)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. history(noun)

    the aggregate of past events

    "a critical time in the school's history"

  2. history, account, chronicle, story(noun)

    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"

  3. history(noun)

    the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings

    "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"

  4. history(noun)

    the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future

    "all of human history"

  5. history(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. history(noun)ˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri

    the past and all the events from the past

    women throughout history; the history of medicine

  2. historyˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri

    the study of the past

    He's a history teacher.; online history lessons

  3. historyˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri

    a record of past events

    This book is a history of money and economics.

  4. historyˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs tri

    to have done or suffered from sth before

    The murder suspect has a long history of mental illness.

Wiktionary

  1. history(Noun)

    The aggregate of past events.

  2. history(Noun)

    The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.

  3. history(Noun)

    A set of events involving an entity.

  4. history(Noun)

    A record or narrative description of past events.

  5. history(Noun)

    The list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.

  6. history(Noun)

    A record of previous user events; specifically, a browser history, a history of visited Web pages.

    I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL; oh! ... luckily I didn't clear my history.

  7. history(Noun)

    Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.

    I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history.

Webster Dictionary

  1. History(noun)

    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. History(noun)

    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

  3. History(verb)

    to narrate or record

Freebase

  1. History

    History is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about these events. The term includes cosmic, geologic, and organic history, but is often generically implied to mean human history. Scholars who write about history are called historians. History can also refer to the academic discipline which uses a narrative to examine and analyse a sequence of past events, and objectively determine the patterns of cause and effect that determine them. Historians sometimes debate the nature of history and its usefulness by discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing "perspective" on the problems of the present. Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources are usually classified as cultural heritage or legends, because they do not support the "disinterested investigation" required of the discipline of history. Events occurring prior to written record are considered prehistory. Herodotus, a 5th-century B.C. Greek historian is considered within the Western tradition to be the "father of history", and, along with his contemporary Thucydides, helped form the foundations for the modern study of human history. Their work continues to be read today and the divide between the culture-focused Herodotus and the military-focused Thucydides remains a point of contention or approach in modern historical writing. In the Eastern tradition, a state chronicle the Spring and Autumn Annals was known to be compiled from as early as 722 BCE although only 2nd century BCE texts survived.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. history

    1. A collection of epitaphs. 2. Gossip well told.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HISTORY

    The evil that men do.

Editors Contribution

  1. history

    history is the study of past and present without future.

    this is because the future of the past are in the present and the future of the present are in the past

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'history' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #462

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'history' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1070

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'history' in Nouns Frequency: #182


Translations for history

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

history(noun)

the study of events etc that happened in the past

She is studying British history; (also adjective) a history lesson/book.

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