• WordNet 3.6
    • n narrator someone who tells a story
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Narrator One who narrates; one who relates a series of events or transactions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n narrator One who narrates; one who recounts or states facts, details, etc.
    • n narrator In the older oratorios and passions, the personage who sings the historical parts of the text, so as to give the proper setting for the dramatic and lyric numbers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Narrator one who narrates: one who tells or states facts, &c
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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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. narrāre, -ātumgnārus, knowing.


In literature:

Proceed with your narrative; and, in providing for the future, you will be able to forget not a little of the past.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
In telling of his adventures day by day he employed narration.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Esther is located in Division Six because it is Captivity narrative.
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
The narrative sets forth that she enters the Hall in the darkness of night.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
With Edward's death we break off a narrative whose course is but half run.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
For the Persian accounts do not agree with each other, and for this reason I omit the narration of them.
"History of the Wars, Books I and II (of 8)" by Procopius
But he and the narrator had met in Paraguay.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
It may also take the "development" form, in which a combination of narrative and questioning is employed.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: History" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Here Vincen narrates a foot-race in which he took part at Nimes, and Mireio listens in rapt attention.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer

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:

Narrated by Simon Vance, courtesy Macmillan Audio.
Aul, a lonely British expatriate holed up in a seedy Chicago hotel, narrates this account of his relationship with Adrian, a young waiter, boxer and part-time hustler.
Tonight's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" was the narrative equivalent of an appendix: totally unnecessary, but damn painful as it asserts itself.
Awoman named Rice in a top administration job, ambitious to move up to secretary of state, hitting the Sunday talk shows to aggressively promote a Middle East narrative that's good for the president but destined to crumble under scrutiny.
The mysterious narrative of marriage.
They have pored through his sermons, books, speeches and court documents, finding contradictions in his narrative.
The haunting whisper, "all sins are addictive" in addition to the ensuing narrative, "I need more.
More so than in any recent election, the monthly jobs report seems as important as any new poll in setting the presidential campaign narrative.
"The narrative treats the scrolls not as the beginning of a history, but as its culmination," Edward Rothstein writes.
I've been talking a lot about unreliable narrators in my children's book reviews lately.
The book explores the nature of unfulfilled love through the voice of Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, who tells the tragicomic story of his life.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will be the narrator for the third season of a PBS documentary produced in the Milwaukee area.
MILWAUKEE — "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will be the narrator for the third season of a PBS documentary produced in the Milwaukee area.
Tim Allen to Narrate 3D Penguin Documentary (Exclusive).
John Rubinstein to narrate Redlands Symphony's 'A Soldier's Tale'.

In science:

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
Because on-screen text can interfere with the visuospatial channel, speech narration is generally better that text.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Based on the Personal Memex’s primitive functions and the example scenarios (the narrative and highly abstract situational scenario), we analyzed the functions of Personal Memex and generated a detailed scenario.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Before continuing the narrative flow of the paper, we pause to prove our key results: Theorems 1.1 and 1.2.
Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures
Later sections will return to the narrative format.
Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures