• WordNet 3.6
    • n narration (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth
    • n narration the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events "his narration was hesitant"
    • n narration a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program "his narrative was interesting","Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • narration (Rhet) That part of a discourse which recites the time, manner, or consequences of an action, or simply states the facts connected with the subject.
    • narration That which is related; the relation in words or writing of the particulars of any transaction or event, or of any series of transactions or events; a narrative; story; history.
    • narration The act of telling or relating the particulars of an event; a recital of certain events, usually in chronological order; rehearsal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n narration The art of recounting or relating in order the particulars of some action, occurrence, or affair; a narrating.
    • n narration That which is narrated or recounted; an orderly recital of the details and particulars of some transaction or event, or of a series of transactions or events; a story or narrative.
    • n narration Specifically In rhetoric, that part of an oration in which the speaker makes his statement of facts. The narration is to be distinguished from the proposition (prothesis) or statement of the subject. Besides the principal narration or narration proper (the diegesis), ancient rhetoricians distinguished subordinate forms of narration—the catadiegesis, epidiegesis, hypodiegesis, paradiegesis, and prodiegesis.
    • n narration Synonyms Account, Relation, Narrative, etc. See account.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Narration act of telling: that which is told: an orderly account of what has happened
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.”
  • Robert Coover
    Robert Coover
    “The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.”
  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. narratio,: cf. F. narration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. narrāre, -ātumgnārus, knowing.


In literature:

The thread of the narrative may now be resumed pretty nearly where it was dropped a few pages back.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Listen to adroitly narrated lies of detectives, caring only for vindication of their theories of guilt!
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
When their story is picked up again in the narrative, it will be found to be one of the most thrilling stories in American military exploits.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
The theatrical style of the narrative was deplored by Beethoven himself at a subsequent period.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
But I continue the narrative, and readers will judge for themselves.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Strangely, too, Raikes did not comment upon the singular fact of the narrative itself.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
It is noteworthy that these wares are already mentioned in Othere's narrative.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
It is clear, from the narrative, that the voyagers returned up the Illinois River.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Because the very manner of narration is indicative of the man's character.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
The direct and simple narrative of Williams is plainly the work of an honest and courageous man.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman

In poetry:

Oft pausing on his white-eyed inward look,
Some undermountain narrative he tells,
As gapped by Lykian heat the brook
Cut from the source that in the upland swells.
"Bellerophon" by George Meredith
We fare the fishermen's venturesome way!
Far out the bank and the big fish shoaling,
The captain narrates; and just now unrolling
Sails run to shore a swift racing match;—
Good is the catch.
"Romsdal" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
O Earth, that hast no voice, confide to me a voice!
O harvest of my lands! O boundless summer growths!
O lavish, brown, parturient earth! O infinite, teeming womb!
A verse to seek, to see, to narrate thee.
"A Carol Of Harvest For 1867" by Walt Whitman
Oh, Heaven! 'tis a dreadful calamity to narrate,
Because the victims have met with a cruel fate;
Little did they think they were going to lose their lives by fire,
On that night when to their beds they did retire.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall
A Persian lady we're informed—
This happened long, long years before
The Christian era ever dawned,
A thousand years, it may be more,
The date and narrative are so obscure,
I have to guess some things that should be sure.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

For a movie about writing, about the transporting nature of a compelling narrative and the importance of crafting something timeless and true, "The Words" is needlessly complicated.
Eileen Brady's association with New Seasons Market has been the central narrative of her campaign for Portland mayor.
As Mitt Romney rose in the polls against President Barack Obama following the first presidential debate, the media quickly grabbed onto a new narrative: the Romney comeback.
Edgar Allan Poe , read by multiple narrators.
Where Has Clinical Narrative Gone.
That would be Expelled, a new film narrated by Ben Stein that claims to expose how "Big Science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom".
Nabokov fans will be disappointed by narrator Stefan Rudnicki's stiff, staid performance in this audio version of the author's 13th novel.
How did nobody think of narrating terrible old movies with music sooner.
'Shame' and 'Prometheus' star to narrate F1 doc '1'.
In Junot Diaz's 'This Is How You Lose Her,' narrator is as funny and profane as ever.
'Gatz' narrator lets us into impressive brain.
Third Jihad' narrator rallying in support of NYPD.
King joins 'Third Jihad' narrator at NYPD rally.
Interview with Narrator Danny Glover.
Actor (and narrator of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over ) Danny Glover discusses the first time he heard Sam Cooke's music, the social context in which Sam released his records, and the collective journey on which Sam's music takes us.

In science:

One of them is referred to as the “vehicle B”, the other is the narrator’s vehicle (“my vehicle”).
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
An identification mechanism of the narrator has been added to the system.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
When the sub ject is identified as the narrator, the link is obvious.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
In the other cases, if there are only two vehicles, the narrator and another one, a new event is added to the event chain of the second vehicle.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Universal Access and Universal Service (as the “beginning” of the narrative discourse).
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence