story: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -ries, -ried, -ry•ing.
  1. a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
  2. a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
  3. such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
  4. the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
  5. a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
  6. a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration: the story of medicine; the story of his life.
  7. a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation: The story goes that he rejected the offer.
  8. See
  9. a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
  10. history.
  1. to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
  2. to tell the history or story of.


Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
— pl. -ries.
  1. a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
  2. the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
  3. any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
  4. a layer.


Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
— n.
  1. 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
  2. 1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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