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noun His"to*ry
  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.]
    synonyms: Chronicle; annals; relation; narration.
    "Justly Cæsar 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.]

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.

Etymology: 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

verb His"to*ry
To narrate or record.
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  1. The discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings ("he teaches Medieval history" and "history takes the long view")
  2. All that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge ("the dawn of recorded history" and "from the beginning of history")
  3. A record or narrative description of past events ("a history of France")
  4. The aggregate of past events ("a critical time in the school's history")
  5. The continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future ("all of human history")

From Middle English, from Old French estoire, estorie (“chronicle, history, story”) (French histoire), from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historía, “learning through research, narration of what is learned”), from ἱστορέω (historéō, “to learn through research, to inquire”), from ἵστωρ (hístōr, “the one who knows, the expert”), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (“see, know”). Compare story.

Attested in Middle English in 1393 by John Gower, Confessio Amantis, which was aimed at an educated audience familiar with French and Latin.

  1. The aggregate of past events.
    repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes.
  2. The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.
    He teaches at the university.   will not look kindly on these tyrants.   He dreams of an invention that will make .
  3. (countable) A set of events involving an entity.
    What is your medical ?   The family's includes events best forgotten.
  4. (countable) A record or narrative description of past events.
    I really enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies more than his .
  5. (countable, medicine) A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.
    A personal medical is required for the insurance policy.   He has a of cancer in his family.
  6. (countable, computing) A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.
    I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my .
  7. (informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.
    I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's .
  8. (uncountable) Shared experience or interaction.
    There is too much between them for them to split up now.
    He has had a lot of with the police.

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Fun Facts about the name History

  • When was the first name History first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name History is Tuesday, March 4th, 1902.
  • How unique is the name History? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name History. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name History: Your name in reverse order is Yrotsih. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Othysri. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for History born Mar 27, 1933

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 775. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.