Smartphones represent the biggest wave in the history of computing, bigger even than the personal computer was 30 years ago.
Michael was the single greatest donor to charities of any man on the planet in history.
These parties have never, in the history of the Israeli political system, been included in a governing coalition.
Red Spectres Translated by Muireann Maguire Forgotten gothic tales from a tumultuous chapter of Russian history.
history could repeat itself in 2014 and 2016 if the Republicans go over a cliff on the upcoming debt ceiling fight.
Even when they did pick out novels, they were just as tough as the history books.
She liked romances and history and poetry; she would read anything.
If I have, I shall be well paid for writing the history of Bertie and his friends.
My business is not the history of the peace, but the life of Prior.
The history of the great majority is never compiled for reference.
late 14c., "relation of incidents" (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie "chronicle, history, story" (12c., Modern French histoire), from Latin historia "narrative of past events, account, tale, story," from Greek historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one's inquiries, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor "wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- "to know," literally "to see" (see vision).
Related to Greek idein "to see," and to eidenai "to know." In Middle English, not differentiated from story; sense of "record of past events" probably first attested late 15c. As a branch of knowledge, from 1842. Sense of "systematic account (without reference to time) of a set of natural phenomena" (1560s) is now obsolete except in natural history.
One difference between history and imaginative literature ... is that history neither anticipates nor satisfies our curiosity, whereas literature does. [Guy Davenport, "Wheel Ruts," 1996]
Finished; done with; hist: It's been history, I'd say, four months (1980s+ Students)