What does history mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. historynoun

    the aggregate of past events

    "a critical time in the school's history"

  2. history, account, chronicle, storynoun

    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. historynoun

    the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings

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

  4. historynoun

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

    "all of human history"

  5. historynoun

    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. historynoun

    The aggregate of past events.

  2. historynoun

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

  3. historynoun

    A set of events involving an entity.

  4. historynoun

    A record or narrative description of past events.

  5. historynoun

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

  6. historynoun

    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. historynoun

    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. Historynoun

    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. Historynoun

    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. Historyverb

    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

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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. Randy Alfred:

    There was still a long history of mistrust between gay men and the police force, i mean, the homicide detective might have been in the vice squad two years ago when he busted you.

  2. Laurence Wong:

    No one in our family has any history of acute intracerebral hemorrhage, once in a while, she would get a headache like normal people do.

  3. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown:

    There is no previous criminal history of this person nor any other issues in our federal databases, but obviously very concerning given the position of the W Hotel to Navy Pier, our joint terrorism task force officers debriefed, interviewed this person along with a companion, and we are continuing this investigation.

  4. Jonathan Mayer:

    If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off.

  5. Ben Rhodes:

    It's about settling history's account and meeting our responsibility, and this president, both because of his willingness to resolve painful issues in U.S. foreign policy and his focus on southeast Asia, is uniquely suited to do that. There is the potential for this to be a truly historic visit.

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