American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:
- n. An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events: The witness changed her story under questioning.
- n. An anecdote: came back from the trip with some good stories.
- n. A lie: told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.
- n. A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.
- n. A short story.
- n. The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
- n. A news article or broadcast.
- n. Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment: "He was colorful, he was charismatic, he was controversial, he was a good story” ( Terry Ann Knopf).
- n. The background information regarding something: What's the story on these unpaid bills?
- n. Romantic legend or tradition: a hero known to us in story.
- v. To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
- v. Archaic To tell as a story.
- n. A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
- n. The set of rooms on the same level of a building.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A connected account or narration, oral or written, of events of the past; history.
- n. An account of an event or incident; a relation; a recital: as, stories of bravery.
- n. 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. 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. An anecdote: as, a speech abounding in good stories.
- n. A report; an account; a statement; anything told: often used slightingly: as, according to his story, he did wonders.
- n. A falsehood; a lie; a fib.
- n. 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. A scene from history, legend, or romance, depicted by means of painting, sculpture, needlework, or other art of design.
- n. Synonyms Relation, Narration, etc. (see account); record, chronicle, annals.
- n. Anecdote, Story. See anecdote.
- n. Tale, fiction, fable, tradition, legend.
- n. Memoir, life, biography.
- To tell or describe in historical relation; make the subject of a narrative, tale, or legend; relate.
- To ornament with sculptured or painted scenes from history or legend. Compare storied.
- To relate; narrate.
- n. A building; an edifice.
- n. 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.
- To destroy.
- n. A sequence of real or fictional causal events; or, an account of such a sequence.
- n. A lie.
- n. A floor or level of a building; a storey.
- n. US, colloquial, usually pluralized A soap opera.
- n. obsolete History.
- n. A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
- v. To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. A narration or recital of that which has occurred; a description of past events; a history; a statement; a record.
- n. 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.
- n. colloq. A euphemism or child's word for “a lie;” a fib.
- v. To tell in historical relation; to make the subject of a story; to narrate or describe in story.
- n. 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
- n. a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
- n. a trivial lie
- n. a record or narrative description of past events
- n. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
- n. a short account of the news
- From Anglo-Norman estorie, from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historia, "history"). Compare history and storey ("floor of a building"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English storie, from Old French estorie, estoire, from Latin historia; see history.Middle English storie, story, from Medieval Latin historia, picture, story (probably from painted windows or sculpture on the front of buildings), from Latin, history; see history. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The cold truth of crisis management is that \ "telling your side of the story\" only works when you have a story to tell.”
“It made me realise what sort of short story I enjoy: a story with a lot of worldbuilding where information needed to understand 'what's going on' comes out in the course of the plot; a story which has 'real' characters with 'real' issues other than to solve what the heck is going on *in just this story*.”
“You will also find St. Godric of Finchale in the calendar of saints, and they are one and the same, the story of his very long life come down to us as he told it in his old age to Reginald of Durham -- although _this _story is not in there.”
“_Golden arm_ (story) Clemens _How to tell a story_”
“If you will bear in mind that a playlet is only as good as its plot, that a plot is a _story_ and that you must give to your story, as has been said, "A completeness -- a kind of universal dovetailedness, a sort of general oneness," you will have little difficulty in observing the one playlet rule that should never be broken -- Unity of action.”
“A third student told the third part, beginning with _the next morning_ and ending with the close of the story, _Now this is a true story_.”
“When a story is rewritten to give a new interest to old facts it is called a _rewrite story_; when it is rewritten to include new facts or developments, it is called a _follow-up_,”
“A _feature story_ is either a story that is thus played up or a story that is written for some other reason than news value, such as human interest.”
“But just as soon as any part of the story becomes more interesting than the fact that there was a fire, the story is no longer featureless -- it is a fire story with a feature, or, for the purposes of our study, _a feature fire story_.”
“All that has been attempted here is such a story -- _story, not history_ -- of the romance and adventure in Canada's nation building as will give the casual reader knowledge of the country's past, and how that past led along a trail of great heroism to the destiny of a”
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