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  5  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  History  \His"to*ry\,  v.  t. 
  To  narrate  or  record.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  history 
  n  1:  the  aggregate  of  past  events:  "a  critical  time  in  the 
  school's  history" 
  2:  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"  [syn: 
  {account},  {chronicle},  {story}] 
  3:  the  discipline  that  records  and  interprets  past  events 
  involving  human  beings:  "he  teaches  Medieval  history"; 
  "history  takes  the  long  view" 
  4:  the  continuum  of  events  occurring  in  succession  leading  from 
  the  past  to  the  present  and  even  into  the  future:  "all  of 
  human  history" 
  5:  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" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  history 
 
  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 
  (http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/index.html)}. 
 
  3.  See  {Usenet}  newsgroups  {news:soc.history}  and 
  {news:alt.history}  for  discussion  of  the  history  of  the  world. 
 
  (1995-04-05) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HISTORY,  n.  An  account  mostly  false,  of  events  mostly  unimportant, 
  which  are  brought  about  by  rulers  mostly  knaves,  and  soldiers  mostly 
  fools. 
 
  Of  Roman  history,  great  Niebuhr's  shown 
  'Tis  nine-tenths  lying.  Faith,  I  wish  'twere  known 
  Ere  we  accept  great  Niebuhr  as  a  guide, 
  Wherein  he  blundered  and  how  much  he  lied. 
  Salder  Bupp 
 
 




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