history

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a record of past events and experiences

Computing

  • noun a feature of some applications that keeps a log of the actions a user has carried out, the places within a hypertext document visited or the sites on the Internet explored

Electronics

  • A list or record of previous user inputs or actions while utilizing a given program. Such inputs or actions may include keystrokes, commands, menus passed, and the like. A Web browser, for instance, usually has a history folder where recently visited Web pages are listed. A user can usually double-click on an entry within this list to return to any given page.

Medical

  • noun the background information on someone’s illness.

Origin & History of “history”

Etymologically, history denotes simply ‘knowledge’; its much more specific modern meaning is decidedly a secondary development. Its story begins with Greek hístōr ‘learned man’, a descendant of Indo-European *wid- ‘know, see’, which also produced English wit and Latin vidēre ‘see’. from hístōr was derived historíā ‘knowledge obtained by enquiry’, hence ‘written account of one’s enquiries, narrative, history’. English acquired it via Latin historia, and at first used it for ‘fictional narrative’ as well as ‘account of actual events in the past’ (a sense now restricted to story, essentially the same word but acquired via Anglo-Norman).
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