What does history mean?

Definitions for history
ˈhɪs tə ri, ˈhɪs trihis·to·ry

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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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. History

    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′tōrian, a writer of history.—adjs. Histō′riāted, 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. historiahistōr, knowing; cf. eidenai, to know, L. vidēre, Sans. vid, Eng. wit.]

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.

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

How to pronounce history?

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How to say history in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of history in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of history in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of history in a Sentence

  1. Christine Brennan:

    We know that there's quite a history to it. Think of John McEnroe, think of Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi. These men all berated chair umpires, famously so. Commercials have been made. John McEnroe has done,' you can't be serious' and all the other tirades, top of John McEnroe lungs over the years and none of them received a game penalty, would he( umpire) have done that with a man ? History has said, no. He would not have done that with a man.

  2. Ricky Wright:

    [ It's ] almost like history repeating itself, what goes around comes around, oK, we've entered the computer age, but we still have to have hands-on for most of the things we do and fishing is like hands-on. You've got to do it to know it -- to keep the culture strong is to keep what you do intact.

  3. John Ruskin:

    We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears

  4. Felix Chami:

    I am one of the scholars who believe that a person who doesn't have a sense of history cannot think properly, if you don't have history, you can do nothing. Sincerely, you remain poor.

  5. Trai Byers:

    With films like this, its my hope that we become curious, we become curious about ourselves, we become curious about our history and we let our history inform our identity.

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