Meaning of HISTORY in English


/his"teuh ree, his"tree/ , n. , pl. histories .

1. the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.

2. a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle: a history of France; a medical history of the patient.

3. the aggregate of past events.

4. the record of past events and times, esp. in connection with the human race.

5. a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events: a ship with a history.

6. acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future; immediate but significant happenings: Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making.

7. a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time: a history of the American eagle.

8. a drama representing historical events: Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.

[ 1350-1400; ME historie historia historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history; deriv. of hístor one who knows or sees (akin to WIT, VIDEO, VEDA) ]

Syn. 2. record, annals. See narrative .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .