• The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery, glassware, fireplace tools, and kitchen accessories—were unearthed on this historic island. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
    The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery, glassware, fireplace tools, and kitchen accessories—were unearthed on this historic island. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj historic important in history "the historic first voyage to outer space"
    • adj historic belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past "historic victories","historical (or historic) times","a historical character"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize
    • historic Belonging to the past; as, historicalor historic) times; a historical character.
    • historic having once lived, existed, or taken place in the real world; -- contrasted with legendary; as, the historical Jesus; doubt that a historical Camelot every existed; actual historical events.
    • a historic Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events; as, an historical poem; the historic page. "There warriors frowning in historic brass."
    • historic (Linguistics) Same as diachronic.
    • historic Within the period of time recorded in written documents; as, within historic times. Opposite of prehistoric.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Imperia, Italy is the home of the Agnesi Historical Museum of Spaghetti.
    • historic Of or pertaining to history or historians; containing or conveying history.
    • historic Noted or famous in history.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1931, Charleston, SC was the first city in the United States to pass legislation establishing a historical district. The city has more than 1,000 buildings that predate the Civil War.
    • Historic pertaining to history: containing history: derived from history: famous in history: authentic
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  • Milan Kundera
    “Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a man by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.”
  • Juliet Mitchell
    Juliet Mitchell
    “A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense a historical.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. historicus, Gr. "istoriko`s: cf. F. historique,. See History
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. historiahistōr, knowing; cf. eidenai, to know, L. vidēre, Sans. vid, Eng. wit.


In literature:

The crisis was passed and this was precisely true in the countries which constituted the historic field from which critical communism proceeded.
"Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History" by Antonio Labriola
Nothing could be more in the spirit of a fine historic picture, or in the semblance of a fine drama.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845" by Various
Dogma is the whole text of the Bible, doctrinal, historical, scientific, or what not.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Long before this event, Freeman was deep in historical study.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
But the most famous of historical poems in Provencal has fortunately been preserved to us.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Historically Cebu is famous as the scene of Magellan's landing in 1521.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Are these considered historically true to-day?
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
There is, however, no historical evidence of this.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
The country derives its name from the Boii, a Celtic tribe which in the earliest historical period inhabited part of the land.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
As the night went on we passed through the glorious country of the Orleanais, washed by the waters of the historical and romantic Loire.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood

In poetry:

We went by ways of bygone days,
Up mountain heights of story,
Where lost in vague, historic haze,
Tradition, crowned with battle-bays,
Sat 'mid her ruins hoary.
"Above The Vales" by Madison Julius Cawein
Such things as these gave edge to all the blows
Our fathers struck on this historic sod,
Feet, hands, and faces turned toward their foes--
Their valiant hearts to GOD.
"Arms And The Man - The Ravages Of War" by James Barron Hope
Of that charge at Balaklava--
In its chivalry sublime--
Vivid, grand, historic pages
Shall descend to future ages;
Poets, painters, hoary sages
Shall record it for all time;
"The Charge At Balaklava" by James Barron Hope
But now the old, historic site
Lives only in the past;
Neglected and untenanted,
Its life is ebbing fast;
Each crumbling step, each mossy stone
Is marked by Ruin for her own.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
The historic Muse, from age to age,
Through many a waste heart-sickening page
Hath traced the works of Man:
But a celestial call to-day
Stays her, like Moses, on her way,
The works of God to scan.
"Fifth Sunday In Lent" by John Keble
Seen, too clear and historic within us, our sins of omission
Frown when the Autumn days strike us all ruthlessly bare.
They of our mortal diseases find never healing physician;
Errors they of the soul, past the one hope to repair.
"The Main Regret" by George Meredith

In news:

The Lake Tahoe Historical Society will offer three docent -led tours of the historic Al Tahoe neighborhood.
Staff and volunteers of the Fort Smith National Historic Site will present a reenactment of a historical trial based on a case heard by Judge Isaac Parker in 1892.
Historic home rehabs … historic headaches.
In a historic preservationist's ideal world, no historic home would ever get to the point that 221 Green St in the city's Stockade neighborhood did.
Harlequin Historical, because unicorns are historical.
It's been on the National Register of Historic Places for more than 40 years, but now the Humpback Bridge near Covington is a National Historic Landmark.
"Apocalypse Now") has reassembled the historic Inglenook winery in Napa Valley and restored the name to the historic property, which is open to the public for tours and wine tasting.
The jitneys started out by providing rides for a well-known local tour of historic homes in the Montrose Park Historic District.
Over the past 40 years, I've been a fan of historical architecture and an owner and restorer of two homes in the proposed historic district.
The Norman Historic District Commission hosted two days of masonry workshops this weekend to teach residents and others interested in historical preservation how to repair masonry .
The city's Norman Historic District Commission will sponsor workshops on Nov 17-18 on how to repair masonry on historic buildings.
Historic Charlotte, Inc will honor the Morning Star Lutheran Chapel on Idlewild Road for its historical preservation.
Sites on the 2007 list of most-endangered historic places designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The historic Ohio River flood of 1937 sent water swirling three miles into Paducah , Ky. Inundating its historic downtown, which sits on the banks of the Ohio at its confluence with the Tennessee River.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2011 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

In science:

We will make some historic remarks on this towards the end of the introduction.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The author tells an exciting story with historical accuracy.
How the sun shines
For historical reasons, a wide variety of names are currently being used to describe what are physically similar ob jects.
The Formation of Star Clusters
This can be seen also in Table 1, where values and significance of the R/S, DFA and GPH statistics for the simulated and four historical data sets are presented.
A simple model of price formation
However, it has historically been designated a QSO (see SS00) and thus is included in our discussion.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies