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historic Explained

historic at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


historic at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [usually before noun]
1 a historic place or building is very old: --the restoration of historic buildings// --ancient historic sites// --our historic monuments//
2 a historic event or act is very important and will be recorded as part of history: --a historic meeting of world leaders// --'It is a historic moment ,' he told journalists.//
3 formal having taken place or existed in the past: --It's unlikely that the share price will exceed historic levels.//
4 historic times are the periods of time whose history has been recorded: prehistoric// --Extinct volcanoes are those that have not erupted in historic times.//

historic at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Oldness): old, ancient, antique, of long standing, time-honored, venerable, elder, eldest, historic, primordial, aboriginal, antediluvian, prehistoric, fossilized, traditional, customary, inveterate, antiquated, obsolete, out of date, out of fashion, stale, old-fashioned, passé, deteriorated, old as the hills, old as Methuselah.

[ADJ] (Description): descriptive, graphic, narrative, epic, suggestive, historic, traditional, legendary, described.

historic at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective [usually before noun]
1 important in history; likely to be thought of as important at some time in the future:
a historic building / monument * The area is of special historic interest. * Visit historic Chester. * a(n) historic occasion / decision / day / visit / victory
2 of a period during which history was recorded:
in historic times
HELP NOTE Some speakers do not pronounce the 'h' at the beginning of historic and use an instead of a before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
historic / historical
Historic is usually used to describe something that is so important that it is likely to be remembered: Today is a historic occasion for our country. Historical usually describes something that is connected with the past or with the study of history, or something that really happened in the past: I have been doing some historical research. * Was Robin Hood a historical figure?

Historic at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Historic \His*tor"ic\, Historical \His*tor"ic*al\, a. [L.
historicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. historique. See {History}.]
Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events;
as, an historical poem; the historic page. --
{His*tor"ic*al*ness}, n. -- {His*to*ric"i*ty}, n.

There warriors frowning in historic brass. --Pope.

{Historical painting}, that branch of painting which
represents the events of history.

{Historical sense}, that meaning of a passage which is
deduced from the circumstances of time, place, etc., under
which it was written.

{The historic sense}, the capacity to conceive and represent
the unity and significance of a past era or age.

historic at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the
past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic)
times"; "a historical character" [syn: {historical}]
2: important in history; "the historic first voyage to outer

historic at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* historick Inter: qualifier » obsolete
  • hystoric Inter: qualifier » nonstandard


    * Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /hɪˈstɒɹɪk/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /hI"stQrIk/
  • Inter: a » GenAm Inter: IPA » /hɪˈstɔːɹɪk/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /hI"stO:rIk/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-historic.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɒrɪk


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • having importance or significance in history
    1. belonging to the past; historical (see note below)

      Usage notes

      * Sentences involving the word sometimes use "a historic" and sometimes use "an historic". The rule that "an" is used before vowel sounds is confounded by the wide variety in pronunciation (particularly regional) of the sometimes-silent h. For example, in the United States, the h generally is not silent. See Category: w - :Semivowel|Semivowels for more detail.

  • Modern convention makes a distinction between historic and historical, although the two words are variants and have shared the same meanings for much of their history. Historic means "very important in history or having a long history", while historical refers to people who lived or events that occurred in the past or refers to things that are connected with or found in the past. For example, a historic event is an important event of history, while a historical event is any event that happened in the past whether important or not.
  • : July 4, 1776 is a historic date. A great deal of historical research has been done on the events leading up to that day.
  • : The historical works of Lord Macaulay and Edward Gibbon are in and of themselves historic.


    * unhistoric

    Derived terms

    * historical
  • posthistoric


    Inter: trans-top » having significance in history
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|históricu
  • Bengali: Inter: t- » bn|ঐতিহাসিক|tr=oitihasik|sc=Beng
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|històric
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|historisch
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|ajalooline
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|historique
  • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|histórico
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|historisch
  • Haitian Creole: Inter: tø » ht|istorik
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|ऐतिहासिक
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|storico, Inter: t+ » it|storica
  • Korean: 역사적인
  • Kurdish: Inter: t+ » ku|dîrokî

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latin: Inter: t+ » la|historicus
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|vēsturisks
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|historisk
    • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|istoric
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|historyczny|m
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|istoric
    • Russian: исторический /istoríčeskij/
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|eachdraidheil
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|povijesni|alt=pȍvijēsnī
    • Slovene: zgodovinski
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|histórico
    • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|చారిత్రక (chaaritraka)
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|tarihî, Inter: t+ » tr|tarihsel

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-see » historical


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      * orchitis

    Category: Category:en:Time -
    Translation: cy » historic
    Translation: et » historic
    Translation: es » historic
    Translation: fr » historic
    Translation: ko » historic
    Translation: io » historic
    Translation: kn » historic
    Translation: ku » historic
    Translation: lt » historic
    Translation: hu » historic
    Translation: mg » historic
    Translation: ml » historic
    Translation: my » historic
    Translation: nl » historic
    Translation: ja » historic
    Translation: oc » historic
    Translation: pl » historic
    Translation: ru » historic
    Translation: fi » historic
    Translation: sv » historic
    Translation: ta » historic
    Translation: te » historic
    Translation: tr » historic
    Translation: vi » historic
    Translation: zh » historic

    històric at English (WD) Of Explained:



    From Inter: etyl » la|ca Inter: term » historicus|lang=la.


    Inter: ca-adj » fpl=històriques
  • historic
    1. historical

      Related terms

      * Inter: l » ca|historia

      Derived terms

      * Inter: l » ca|històricament

    Translation: de » històric
    Translation: fr » històric
    Translation: lt » històric
    Translation: mg » històric
    Translation: oc » històric