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Meaning of HISTORY

Pronunciation:  'histuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history"
  5. [n]  the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future; "all of human history"

HISTORY is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: account, chronicle, story
 See Also: ancient history, annals, antiquity, arts, biography, case history, chronological record, cognition, continuum, dark ages, etymology, historic period, historical document, historical paper, historical record, humanistic discipline, humanities, knowledge, liberal arts, life, life history, life story, middle ages, noesis, past, past times, recital, record, Renaissance, yesteryear, yore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
             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[ae]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.
                 Many glorious examples in the annals of our
                 religion.                         --Rogers.
  2. \His"to*ry\, v. t.
    To narrate or record. [Obs.] --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

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.

3. See usenet newsgroups news:soc.history and news:alt.history for discussion of the history of the world.

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