un history


[his-tuh-ree, his-tree]
noun, plural histories.
the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
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.
the aggregate of past events.
the record of past events and times, especially in connection with the human race.
a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events: a ship with a history.
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.
a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time: a history of the American eagle.
a drama representing historical events: Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.

1350–1400; Middle English historie < Latin historia < Greek historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history; derivative of hístōr one who knows or sees (akin to wit, video, veda)

underhistory, noun, plural underhistories.
unhistory, noun, plural unhistories.

2. record, annals. See narrative.
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history (ˈhɪstərɪ, ˈhɪstrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a.  a record or account, often chronological in approach, of past events, developments, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a history book; a history play
2.  all that is preserved or remembered of the past, esp in written form
3.  the discipline of recording and interpreting past events involving human beings
4.  past events, esp when considered as an aggregate
5.  an event in the past, esp one that has been forgotten or reduced in importance: their quarrel was just history
6.  the past, background, previous experiences, etc, of a thing or person: the house had a strange history
7.  computing a stored list of the websites that a user has recently visited
8.  a play that depicts or is based on historical events
9.  a narrative relating the events of a character's life: the history of Joseph Andrews
[C15: from Latin historia, from Greek: enquiry, from historein to narrate, from histōr judge]

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Word Origin & History

1390, "relation of incidents" (true or false), from O.Fr. historie, from L. historia "narrative, account, tale, story," from Gk. historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor "wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from base *weid- "to
know," lit. "to see" (see vision). Related to Gk. idein "to see," and to eidenai "to know." In M.E., not differentiated from story; sense of "record of past events" probably first attested 1485. Sense of "systematic account (without reference to time) of a set of natural phenomena" (1567) is now obs. except in natural history. What is historic (1669) is noted or celebrated in history; what is historical (1561) deals with history. Historian "writer of history in the higher sense," distinguished from a mere annalist or chronicler, is from 1531. The O.E. word was þeod-wita.
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