histor-, histori- +
(Greek > Latin: historical narrative; past events, past knowledge)
2. Those who present the past as it is preserved in writing or in a body of knowledge.
2. A group of techniques, theories, and principles of past research, scholarship, and presentation.
3. The narrative presentation of the past which is based on a critical examination, evaluation, and selection of material from primary and secondary sources and subject to scholarly criteria: "Mark was a historian who specialized in compiling medieval historiographies".
2. A discourse or science of chronological records or situations that occurred in the past.
2. A systematically written account comprising a chronological record of events (as affecting a city, state, nation, institution, science, art, etc.) and usually including a philosophical explanation of the causes and origins of such events.
3. A continuous, systematic narrative of past events relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc.; usually written as a chronological account.
4. Acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future; immediate but significant happenings: "Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making."
5. A drama representing historical events: "Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies."
11. Etymology: Greek historein, "learning by inquiry, knowledge obtained by inquiry; account of one's inquiries; narrative, historical narrative; history" through Latin historia, "narrative story, narration, account" through Old French and Middle English histoire, "past events, past knowledge".
History is an ambiguous word. It refers both to what happened and to the process of telling what happened. In both cases the central problem is that the subject at hand is at best only partially recoverable. Even the deepest research and the highest imagination cannot bring the past fully back to life. Yet that is the ideal that historians find themselves pursuing.
2. A short account, a "potted" history.