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 for Histories
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  History \His"to*ry\, n.; pl. Histories. [L. historia, Gr.
     'istori`a history, information, inquiry, fr. 'istwr, "istwr,
     knowing, learned, from the root of ? to know; akin to E. wit.
     See Wit, and cf. Story.]
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     1. A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts
        and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such
        information; a narrative; a description; a written record;
        as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a
        legislative bill.
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     2. A systematic, written account of events, particularly of
        those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art,
        and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of
        their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a
        romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate
        simply the facts and events of each year, in strict
        chronological order; from biography, which is the record
        of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history
        composed from personal experience, observation, and
        memory.
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              Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise,
              and is gifted with an eye and a soul. --Carlyle.
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              For aught that I could ever read,
              Could ever hear by tale or history.   --Shak.
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              What histories of toil could I declare! --Pope.
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     History piece, a representation in painting, drawing, etc.,
        of any real event, including the actors and the action.
  
     Natural history, a description and classification of
        objects in nature, as minerals, plants, animals, etc., and
        the phenomena which they exhibit to the senses.
  
     Syn: Chronicle; annals; relation; narration.
  
     Usage: History, Chronicle, Annals. History is a
            methodical record of important events which concern a
            community of men, usually so arranged as to show the
            connection of causes and effects, to give an analysis
            of motive and action etc. A chronicle is a record of
            such events, conforming to the order of time as its
            distinctive feature. Annals are a chronicle divided up
            into separate years. By poetic license annals is
            sometimes used for history.
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                  Justly C[ae]sar scorns the poet's lays;
                  It is to history he trusts for praise. --Pope.
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                  No more yet of this;
                  For 't is a chronicle of day by day,
                  Not a relation for a breakfast.   --Shak.
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                  Many glorious examples in the annals of our
                  religion.                         --Rogers.
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