• 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 historical belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past "historic victories","historical (or historic) times","a historical character"
    • adj historical having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary "the historical Jesus","doubt that a historical Camelot every existed","actual historical events"
    • adj historical used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time "diachronic linguistics"
    • adj historical of or relating to the study of history "historical scholars","a historical perspective"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize
    • historical Belonging to the past; as, historicalor historic) times; a historical character.
    • historical 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 historical Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events; as, an historical poem; the historic page. "There warriors frowning in historic brass."
    • historical (Linguistics) Same as diachronic.
    • historical 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.
    • historical Of, pertaining to, or connected with history; containing or of the nature or character of history: as, a historical poem; historical evidence; a historical chart.
    • historical Narrated or mentioned in history; belonging to the past, and mentioned or used at present only with reference to the past. In this sense the terms of archæology, ancient and medieval art, law, etc., as used in modern books with reference to the past, are historical, and are thus distinguished from obsolete words, such as have no present use at all.
    • historical In philosophy, pertaining to things learned from the testimony of others or by our own senses.
    • historical In grammar, used in statement of past facts or narration of past events: as, a historical tense. The historical present is the present tense used in vivid narration, as in the following passage: “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet.” (Mark v. 22.) In Greek grammar the tenses purely past in meaning— that is, the imperfect, aorist (English simple preterit without have), and the pluperfect indicative—are called historical tenses, as distinguished from the present, future, and perfect (English preterit with have), the perfect not being accounted a past tense. (See perfect.) In Latin, also, the corresponding tenses are called historical, and, as the Latin perfect answers in meaning both to the Greek aorist and to the Greek perfect, when used as an aorist it is distinguished as the historical perfect. The infinitive can be used in Latin in narration, and is then called the historical infinitive.
    • historical In hydrodynamics, the Lagrangian method, which considers the path of each particle.
    • historical In biology, ancestral or inherited, or due to conditions which existed in the past history of an organism.
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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.
    • Historical 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:

Moreover, the whole historical existence of the prophetic order necessarily presupposes such a foundation.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
The earliest historical records and relics of the seats of ancient civilization all point backward to an earlier period of human life.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Correctness must be demanded in these substitutes for natural objects, historical persons and scenes.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Acton's liberalism was above all things historical, and rested on a consciousness of the past.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The new element is the historical Jesus, at once the representative of humanity and of God.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It is a definition that can be given adequately only in an historical way.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
It was an historical scholar speaking to scholars.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
Such historically is its origin.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
The historical literature furnishes an interpretation of the movements of God in the events of history.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
Christianity is an historical fact, and has meant various pretty definite things.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars

In poetry:

WITH a glory of winter sunshine
Over his locks of gray,
In the old historic mansion
He sat on his last birthday;
"The Poet And The Children" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Once on this historic site
Wild men of a dusky shade,
In defiance of all right,
Broke the laws that good men made.
"For A Canberra Tablet" by C J Dennis
To him the aged Secord tells,
With many a fervid glow,
How, by her means, Fitzgibbon struck
His great historic blow.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Each moment now the horrors brought
Of desolating rage,
The fam'd achievements now were wrought
That swell th' historic page.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
But the good deed, through the ages
Living in historic pages,
Brighter grows and gleams immortal,
Unconsumed by moth or rust.
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
At home the historic page we glean,
And muse, and hope, and praise, and pray—
Join with me, love, as then, and say—
Sweet summer time and scene!
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

If you want to sell or rent a unique, historic or famous home, or one with a special feature, call Lisa Doll Bruno.
Azalea Festival Home Tour with Historic Wilmington.
The Southern Oregon Historical Society continues to be a repository of stories from the history of Southern Oregon.
The US scored big Tuesday at the London Olympics when Michael Phelps and the women's gymnastics team brought home historic wins.
The historic deal that promises to remake the property-assessment system in Philadelphia started with a meeting between the city's powerful Democratic leader and a sick old man.
Just a typical day in Bidenland: The Green Bay Packers, historic trains, and slamming Paul Ryan.
Flame Towers light up Baku 's historic skyline.
Fraud Cited as Cause of Loss on Historic Building Project.
Historical Society to meet The South Daytona Historical Society will meet May 7 at 6 pm at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road.
The Historic Pittenger House is owned and preserved by the Fallbrook Historical Society.
Oregon Historical Society and Lane County Historical Museum.
The Gold Country locale features a historic hotel, tempting restaurants and scenic train rides at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in nearby Jamestown.
SANDUSKY — The Ohio His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is look­ing for crafts­men with ex­pe­ri­ence in re­stor­ing green­houses to help re­pair the his­toric green­house at­tached to the ga­rage at the Cooke House State Me­mo­rial.
The fall Artisan & Antiques Market, hosted by Historic Richmond Association, arrives in historic downtown Richmond October 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, on Morton Street.
Before joining Historic Beaufort Foundation, I was the executive director of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Ky.

In science:

As a consequence, historically made choices may now be questioned.
Non-unique way to generalize the Boltzmann-Gibbs distribution
Historically, large random matrices were first employed by Wigner and Dyson to describe the energy levels in complex nuclei, where they modelled the Hamiltonian of the system.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Historically, the gaussian ensembles were studied first, and only subsequently the circular ensembles, in which the requirement of statistical independence of the matrix elements is relaxed.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Its appearance in the DMPK equation has historical reasons, as the authors tried to mimic the well–known gaussian ensembles.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Historically, the interference property of coherent states has been deduced from a microscopic model of the beam splitter and has served as the starting point for the quantum theory of such optical instruments [143].
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments