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  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[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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Many  glorious  examples  in  the  annals  of  our 
  religion.  --Rogers. 




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