Natural history
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}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

What histories of toil could I declare! --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Justly C[ae]sar scorns the poet's lays; It is to history he trusts for praise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

No more yet of this; For 't is a chronicle of day by day, Not a relation for a breakfast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Many glorious examples in the annals of our religion. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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