• WordNet 3.6
    • adj narrative consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story "narrative poetry"
    • n narrative 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"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Narrative Apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous. "But wise through time, and narrative with age."
    • Narrative Of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction.
    • n Narrative That which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story. "Cyntio was much taken with my narrative ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • narrative Of or pertaining to narration or the act of relating the details of a transaction or an event: as, narrative skill.
    • narrative Given to narration or the telling of stories and the recounting of incidents and events.
    • n narrative That which is narrated; a connected account of the particulars of an event or transaction, or series of incidents; a relation or narration; a story.
    • n narrative The art of narrating or recounting in detail: as, he is very skilful in narrative.
    • n narrative Synonyms Account, Relation, Narrative, etc. See account.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Narrative narrating: giving an account of any occurrence: inclined to narration: story-telling
    • ***


  • 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
Cf. F. narratif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. narrāre, -ātumgnārus, knowing.


In literature:

After this, the author narrates the execution of Nazr.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
See, for example, the preparation of bread by Sarah, as it is narrated in Gen. xviii.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
On the evening of which I was speaking in my last chapter, Mr Johnson was evidently in the vein for narrating his veracious history.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
They knew a part of what had happened, and I narrated the rest.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
At the request of William he continued his narrative.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Before I continue my narration, I must say a little more relative to the missionaries, who were my instructors.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
The next day the Spanish slave was summoned to continue his narrative.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
My captivity among the Negroes, and the narrative I gave of my adventures, were also a source of much interest.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
It was not, however, till long past noon that the corporal was able to narrate what had taken place.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
With a Historical Sketch of Arctic Discovery, and a Narrative of the British Expedition of 1875-76.
"The Cockatoo's Story" by Mrs. George Cupples

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:

Watch this amateur video of an aerial view of the mess in the gulf narrated by an Alabama resident.
Tom Hanks narrated a nearly eight-minute tribute to veterans — just as he did in 2008.
Hope Davis narrates this engaging new audio production of L' Engle 's classic novel.
Correcting the "Nuclear Existential Threat" Narrative About Iran.
BBC's 'Planet Earth' Narrated by Kids.
NARRATOR (KEACH): The Incas ' engineering medium was stone.
According to an article in The Guardian, Stephen Hawking will narrate the Paralympic opening ceremony.
Vincent D'Onofrio To Narrate Heroes Behind the Badge Documentary.
Maryland governor to narrate MSO performance at Antietam.
Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley will narrate a performance at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's annual "Salute to Independence" concert next month.
Chris Noth to Narrate Canadian Crime Series for Investigation Discovery U.S. DISNEY & LUCASFILM.
A Hymm Festival with Fanfares & Narration .
Narration enhances Elvis Cole thriller.
For Narratively , Kim Kardashian Is Just As Interesting As Your Neighbor.
" The simplest definition might be that "a biography is the recounting of a life in narrative prose.

In science:

But at the same time, we shall question the text book narrative of its foundation on the standard formulation of quantum theory.
Reverse Engineering Quantum Field Theory
Hyperlinks in the maps reveal more detail on request, showing different states in the simulation models and visualisations, at which key turning points are judged to be seen, with automatically generated textual narratives, summarizing the key assumptions, variables and interdependencies.
The content planner organizes the overall narrative and determines the linear order of the messages.
Conciseness through Aggregation in Text Generation
Each topic is in SGML-style form and consists of the topic ID (), title of the topic (), description (<DESC>), narrative (<NARR>), list of synonyms related to the topic (<CONC>), sample of relevant documents (<RDOC>), and a brief profile of the user who produced the topic ( <USER>). </div> <div class="uAuthor"> Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval </div> <div class="usage"> Before continuing the narrative flow of the paper, we pause to prove our key results: Theorems 1.1 and 1.2. </div> <div class="uAuthor"> Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures </div> <span class="separatorSmall">***</span> </div> </div> <h2 id="_related" class="header">Related words</h2> <div id="related" class="subContainer relWords"> <h3>Synonyms</h3> <div class="related"> <div class="synGroup" title="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"><a 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