• WordNet 3.6
    • n story a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale "what level is the office on?"
    • n story a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events "he writes stories for the magazines"
    • n story a record or narrative description of past events "a history of France","he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president","the story of exposure to lead"
    • n story a short account of the news "the report of his speech","the story was on the 11 o'clock news","the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
    • n story a trivial lie "he told a fib about eating his spinach","how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
    • n story 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer
From Children's Stories from Tennyson From Children's Stories from Tennyson
From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales
From Children's Stories from Dickens From Children's Stories from Dickens

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The accent that Mike Myers used for the character Shrek came from the accent that his mother would use when she was telling him bedtime stories when he was a child
    • Story A euphemism or child's word for “a lie;” a fib; as, to tell a story .
    • Story A narration or recital of that which has occurred; a description of past events; a history; a statement; a record. "One malcontent who did indeed get a name in story .""Venice, with its unique city and its Impressive story .""The four great monarchies make the subject of ancient story ."
    • n Story A set of rooms on the same floor or level; a floor, or the space between two floors. Also, a horizontal division of a building's exterior considered architecturally, which need not correspond exactly with the stories within.☞ A story comprehends the distance from one floor to another; as, a story of nine or ten feet elevation. The spaces between floors are numbered in order, from below upward; as, the lower, second, or third story; a house of one story, of two stories, of five stories.
    • Story The relation of an incident or minor event; a short narrative; a tale; especially, a fictitious narrative less elaborate than a novel; a short romance.
    • v. t Story To tell in historical relation; to make the subject of a story; to narrate or describe in story. "How worthy he is I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.""It is storied of the brazen colossus in Rhodes, that it was seventy cubits high."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Robert Southey wrote the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" in 1834
    • n story A connected account or narration, oral or written, of events of the past; history.
    • n story An account of an event or incident; a relation; a recital: as, stories of bravery.
    • n story In lit., a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse; a tale, written in a more or less imaginative style, of that which has happened or is supposed to have happened; specifically, a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel; a short romance; a folk-tale.
    • n story The facts or events in a given case considered in their sequence, whether related or not; the experience or career of an individual: as, the story of a foundling; his is a sad story.
    • n story An anecdote: as, a speech abounding in good stories.
    • n story A report; an account; a statement; anything told: often used slightingly: as, according to his story, he did wonders.
    • n story A falsehood; a lie; a fib.
    • n story The plot or intrigue of a novel or drama: as, many persons read a novel, or are interested in a play, only for the story.
    • n story A scene from history, legend, or romance, depicted by means of painting, sculpture, needlework, or other art of design.
    • n story Synonyms Relation, Narration, etc. (see account); record, chronicle, annals.
    • n story Anecdote, Story. See anecdote.
    • n story Tale, fiction, fable, tradition, legend.
    • n story Memoir, life, biography.
    • story To tell or describe in historical relation; make the subject of a narrative, tale, or legend; relate.
    • story To ornament with sculptured or painted scenes from history or legend. Compare storied.
    • story To relate; narrate.
    • n story A building; an edifice.
    • n story A stage or floor of a building; hence, a subdivision of the height of a house; a set of rooms on the same level or floor. A story comprehends the distance from one floor to another: as, a story of nine, twelve, or sixteen feet elevation.
    • story To destroy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Don't even think about having sex while in a moving ambulance in Tremonton, Utah as it is very, very illegal. Of course, a stationary ambulance is another story.
    • n Story stō′ri history or narrative of incidents in their sequence: an account, report, statement: an anecdote: the plot of a novel or drama: a lie, a fib, a fictitious narrative
    • v.t Story to tell or describe historically, to relate: to adorn with sculptured or painted scenes from history
    • v.i Story to relate
    • n Story stō′ri a division of a house reached by one flight of stairs: a set of rooms on the same floor
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  • Italo Calvino
    “It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.”
  • Arthur Christopher Benson
    Arthur Christopher Benson
    “All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Mere flimflam stories, and nothing but shams and lies.”
  • John Barth
    John Barth
    “Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.”
  • Foster M. Russell
    Foster M. Russell
    “Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts.”


Cock and bull story - A cock and bull story is a lie someone tells that is completely unbelievable.
Cut a long story short - This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.
Inside story - The inside story is information or an explanation that is known only by people closely involved with something.
Shaggy dog story - A shaggy dog story is a joke which is a long story with a silly end.
Tall story - A tall story is one that is untrue and unbelievable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estoré, estorée, built, erected, p. p. of estorer, to build, restore, to store. See Store (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estoreeestorer—L. instaurāre, to build.


In literature:

But I am making a long story out of how my money went.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
The house was three stories, and we were at last forced to the top one.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Her story gave him hope.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Many stories, probably most stories, are told in the third person.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
That is the first chapter of the story of the tenement everywhere.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Anyhow, this club gossip supplies all the broad outline of the story; and it is a story we need not dwell on.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Dread stories were these for the quiet circle at Chetwynde Castle; yet they had been spared its worst pains.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It was not an essay this time, but a story, and was couched in rather milder terms than her two previous stories.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Barely ten minutes; and yet Percival was in possession of the whole story.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The story of the spotted yearling went speeding through the country.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

Oh, what will we tell
Fardorrougha? Can any of you think
Of a story to tell him?
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
The River that full oft has told
To Ocean hoary
A many-coloured, sweet, and old
Unending story:
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Rammentero le storie
Della mia giovinezza;
Rivivro` di memorie,
Di pianto, di speranza e d'allegrezza;
"Quando?" by Ferdinando Fontana
Three wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
If the bowl had been stronger
My story had been longer.
"The Passing Of The Sages" by Oscar Fay Adams
Yonder a maid and her wight
Come whispering by:
War’s annals will cloud into night
Ere their story die.
"In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations'" by Thomas Hardy
Nay, but again at fault:
For in the tragic story of this House--
Unless, indeed the fatal Helen--No
"The Vision Of Cassandra" by Aeschylus

In news:

View full size Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, Viking, 356 pp.
'Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story'.
Goldwyn 's story is a pioneer story, a folk story, a movie fantasy that came true.
The story of Center Street is, well, storied.
Sick as I get of the treacle that passes for heartwarming holiday stories this time of year, stories like this one make me see them in a new light.
Get the story on Storie Grubb at Red Room Saturday, Aug 25.
Everyone who has done time in Washington politics or media has a Joe Biden story, and every story is pretty much the same.
Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 @ 12:00 pm E-mail Story Print Story.
As I was approached by our sports editor, David Seeley, to write a feature story about the Poteau High School freshman team, I was at first not sure that I wanted to tackle the story.
The people who ride the merry-go-round represent the fact that everyone has a story behind them, and that story is made up of moments like the ones they experience on the carousel.
I read story after story of people getting either killed or injured by the action of a driver, then blaming their cellphone.
One of the cover stories of the February 16th issue about redistricting certainly brought up some good points of contention, but like all arguments there are more sides to the story.
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of 10 stories counting down The Telegram's top 10 stories of 2011 as chosen by The Telegram staff.
Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm E-mail Story Print Story.
Top 10 Daily News Stories Next Story.

In science:

This construction captures the physics of QCD correctly at low energies, where the pion Lagrangian is the whole story.
String Theory: Progress and Problems
The problem of spin imbalance has an old story in the context of BCS theory of superconductivity.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
They are important in String Theory, and attracted widespread attention through their rˆole in the Mirror Symmetry story for Calabi–Yau 3-folds.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Norton, “What price substantivalism? The hole story”, British J.
Events and observables in generally invariant spacetime theories
We deepen this connection and draw combinatorial Hopf algebras into the story by proving that endomorphisms on quasisymmetric functions which satisfy certain nonnegativity requirements always give rise to random walks both on permutations and also on the descent algebra.
Random walks on quasisymmetric functions