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sto·ry 1

 (stôr′ē)
n. pl. sto·ries
1. An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:
a. An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events: The witness changed her story under questioning.
b. An anecdote: came back from the trip with some good stories.
c. A lie: told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.
2.
a. A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.
b. A short story.
3. The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
4. A news article or broadcast.
5. Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment: "He was colorful, he was charismatic, he was controversial, he was a good story" (Terry Ann Knopf).
6. The background information regarding something: What's the story on these unpaid bills?
7. Romantic legend or tradition: a hero known to us in story.
tr.v. sto·ried, sto·ry·ing, sto·ries
1. To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
2. Archaic To tell as a story.

[Middle English storie, from Old French estorie, estoire, from Latin historia; see history.]

sto·ry 2

 (stôr′ē)
n. pl. sto·ries
1. A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
2. The set of rooms on the same level of a building.

[Middle English storie, story, from Medieval Latin historia, picture, story (probably from painted windows or sculpture on the front of buildings), from Latin, history; see history.]

story

(ˈstɔːrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
4. an event that could be the subject of a narrative
5. a report or statement on a matter or event
6. (Journalism & Publishing) the event or material for such a report
7. informal a lie, fib, or untruth
8. cut a long story short make a long story short to leave out details in a narration
9. the same old story informal the familiar or regular course of events
10. the story goes it is commonly said or believed
vb (tr) , -ries, -rying or -ried
(Art Terms) to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
[C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history]

story

(ˈstɔːrɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Architecture) another spelling (esp US) of storey

sto•ry1

(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries, n.
1. a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse; 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.
5. a narration of incidents or events.
6. a report of the facts concerning a matter in question.
7. a lie; fabrication.
8. Archaic. history.
v.t.
9. to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
10. Archaic. to tell the history or story of.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia history]

sto•ry2

(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

n., 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 facade.
4. a layer.
Also, esp. Brit., storey.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin historia picture decorating a building, a part of the building, hence floor, story; see story1]

Sto•ry

(ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i)

n.
Joseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.

story

storey
1. 'story'

A story is a description of imaginary people and events, written or told in order to entertain people. The plural of story is stories.

Tell me a story.
Her stories about the boy wizard have sold millions of copies.

A description of a series of real events can also be called a story.

We sold the story of the expedition to the Daily Express.

In American English, a story is also one of the floors or levels in a building.

The house was four stories high.
2. 'storey'

In British English, one of these floors is called a storey.

The house was three storeys high.

story


Past participle: storied
Gerund: storying

Imperative
story
story
Present
I story
you story
he/she/it stories
we story
you story
they story
Preterite
I storied
you storied
he/she/it storied
we storied
you storied
they storied
Present Continuous
I am storying
you are storying
he/she/it is storying
we are storying
you are storying
they are storying
Present Perfect
I have storied
you have storied
he/she/it has storied
we have storied
you have storied
they have storied
Past Continuous
I was storying
you were storying
he/she/it was storying
we were storying
you were storying
they were storying
Past Perfect
I had storied
you had storied
he/she/it had storied
we had storied
you had storied
they had storied
Future
I will story
you will story
he/she/it will story
we will story
you will story
they will story
Future Perfect
I will have storied
you will have storied
he/she/it will have storied
we will have storied
you will have storied
they will have storied
Future Continuous
I will be storying
you will be storying
he/she/it will be storying
we will be storying
you will be storying
they will be storying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been storying
you have been storying
he/she/it has been storying
we have been storying
you have been storying
they have been storying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been storying
you will have been storying
he/she/it will have been storying
we will have been storying
you will have been storying
they will have been storying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been storying
you had been storying
he/she/it had been storying
we had been storying
you had been storying
they had been storying
Conditional
I would story
you would story
he/she/it would story
we would story
you would story
they would story
Past Conditional
I would have storied
you would have storied
he/she/it would have storied
we would have storied
you would have storied
they would have storied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.story - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of eventsstory - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
tearjerker - an excessively sentimental narrative
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
tall tale - an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
folk tale, folktale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
sob story, sob stuff - a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale - a story about fairies; told to amuse children
nursery rhyme - a tale in rhymed verse for children
2.story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
fiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
adventure story, heroic tale - a story of an adventure
mystery story, whodunit, mystery - a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
love story, romance - a story dealing with love
legend, fable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
short story - a prose narrative shorter than a novel
allegory, apologue, parable, fable - a short moral story (often with animal characters)
myth - a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
parable - (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message; "the parable of the prodigal son"
plot - the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
climax, culmination - the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
anticlimax, bathos - a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
3.story - a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scalestory - a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; "what level is the office on?"
basement, cellar - the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
first floor, ground floor, ground level - the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
attic, garret, loft - floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
loft - floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
entresol, mezzanine floor, mezzanine - intermediate floor just above the ground floor
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
4.story - a record or narrative description of past eventsstory - a record or narrative description of past events; "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead"
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
ancient history - a history of the ancient world
etymology - a history of a word
case history - detailed record of the background of a person or group under study or treatment
historical document, historical paper, historical record - writing having historical value (as opposed to fiction or myth etc.)
chronological record, annals - a chronological account of events in successive years
biography, life history, life story, life - an account of the series of events making up a person's life
record - anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events; "the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques"
recital - a detailed account or description of something; "he was forced to listen to a recital of his many shortcomings"
5.story - a short account of the newsstory - a short account of the news; "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
news - information reported in a newspaper or news magazine; "the news of my death was greatly exaggerated"
newsletter, newssheet - report or open letter giving informal or confidential news of interest to a special group
bulletin - a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)
communique, despatch, dispatch - an official report (usually sent in haste)
urban legend - a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true
exclusive, scoop - a news report that is reported first by one news organization; "he got a scoop on the bribery of city officials"
6.story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse

story

noun
1. tale, romance, narrative, record, history, version, novel, legend, chronicle, yarn, recital, narration, urban myth, urban legend, fictional account a popular love story with a happy ending
2. anecdote, account, tale, report, detail, relation, testimony The parents all shared interesting stories about their children.
3. (Informal) lie, falsehood, fib, fiction, untruth, porky (Brit. slang), pork pie (Brit. slang), white lie He invented some story about a cousin.
4. report, news, article, feature, scoop, news item Those are some of the top stories in the news.

story

noun
2. A narrative not based on fact:
3. The series of events and relationships forming the basis of a composition:
4. A usually brief detail of news or information:
5. An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence:
Informal: tall tale, yarn.
Translations
حكايةقصةقِصَّةقِصَّهكَذِب
příběhhistorkaležpodlaží
historiehistorie-løgn=-eventyr=-historie
rakonto
korruslugu
tarinajuttukerroskertomus
pričakat
elbeszélésemelettörténet
lygasagasagasaga, frásögn
物語
이야기
fabula
blēņasniekipasakasstāstījumsstāsts
članekzgodba
historiavåning
เรื่องราว
câu chuyện

story

1 [ˈstɔːrɪ]
A. N
1. (= account) → historia f; (= tale) → cuento m, relato m; (= joke) → chiste m
his story is thatsegún él dice ..., según lo que él cuenta ...
but that's another storypero eso es otro cantar
a children's storyun cuento infantil
the story goes thatse dice or se cuenta que ...
the story of her lifela historia de su vida
that's the story of my life!¡siempre me pasa lo mismo!
it's a long storyes/sería largo de contar
to cut a long story shorten resumidas cuentas, en pocas palabras
it's the same old storyes la historia de siempre
to tell a story (fictional) → contar un cuento; (= recount what happened) → contar or narrar una historia
the marks tell their own storylas señales hablan por sí solas, las señales no necesitan interpretación
the full story has still to be toldtodavía no se ha hecho pública toda la historia
what a story this house could tell!¡cuántas cosas nos diría esta casa!
the story of their travelsla relación de sus viajes
that's not the whole storyeso no es todo
2. (= plot) → argumento m, trama f
3. (Press) → artículo m, reportaje m
4. (euph) (= lie) → mentira f, cuento m
a likely story!¡puro cuento!
to tell stories (lies) → contar embustes
B. CPD story writer Nnarrador(a) m/f

story

[ˈstɔːri] n
(= tale) → histoire f
Do you know any good ghost stories? → Tu connais de bonnes histoires de fantômes?
(= account) → histoire f
I told her the story of my life
BUT Je lui ai raconté ma vie.
... but that's another story → ... mais c'est une autre histoire
it's the same old story → c'est toujours la même histoire
(in the media) (= article) → article m (= subject) → affaire f
(= lie) → histoire f
What a story! I don't believe a word of it → Quelle histoire! Je n'y crois pas un mot.
(US) = storey

story

:
storyboard
n (TV, Film) → Storyboard nt
storybook
nGeschichtenbuch nt
adj attr castles, romance etcmärchenhaft; story endingEnde ntwie im Märchen, Happy End nt, → Happyend nt
story line
nHandlung f
storyteller
n
(= narrator)Geschichtenerzähler(in) m(f)
(inf, = liar) → Lügenbold m
storytelling
n no pl (spoken) → Geschichtenerzählen nt; (written) → Erzählkunst f

story

1
n
(= tale)Geschichte f; (esp Liter) → Erzählung f; (= joke)Witz m; it’s a long storydas ist eine lange Geschichte; the story of her lifeihre Lebensgeschichte; that’s the story of my life (inf)das plagt mich mein ganzes Leben lang! (inf); (said as a response) → wem sagen Sie das! (inf); that’s another storydas ist eine andere Geschichte; the story goes that …man erzählt sich, dass …; his story is that …er behauptet, dass …; according to your storydir zufolge; I’ve heard his (side of the) storyich habe seine Version gehört; the full story still has to be tolddie ganze Wahrheit muss noch ans Licht kommen; that’s not the whole storydas ist nicht die ganze Wahrheit; your school marks tell their own storydeine Zeugnisnoten sprechen für sich; to cut a long story shortum es kurz zu machen, kurz und gut; it’s the (same) old storyes ist das alte Lied; but it’s a different story nowaber jetzt sieht die Sache anders aus
(Press: = event) → Geschichte f; (= newspaper story)Artikel m; it’ll make a good storydas gibt einen guten Artikel
(= plot)Handlung f
(inf: = lie) → Märchen nt; to tell storiesMärchen erzählen

story

1 [ˈstɔːrɪ] n
a. (account, lie) → storia; (of book, film) → trama; (tale) (Literature) → racconto
short story (Literature) → novella
that's not the whole story → non è tutto
it's the same old story → è sempre la solita storia
to cut a long story short → per farla breve
but that's another story → ma questa è un'altra storia
that's the story of my life! (fam) → per me va sempre a finire così!
to tell stories (fam) (lies) → raccontare storie
b. (Press) → articolo
he covered the story of the earthquake → ha fatto il servizio sul terremoto

story1

(ˈstoːri) plural ˈstories noun
1. an account of an event, or series of events, real or imaginary. the story of the disaster; the story of his life; He went to the police with his story; What sort of stories do boys aged 10 like?; adventure/murder/love stories; a story-book; He's a good story-teller.
2. (used especially to children) a lie. Don't tell stories!
the story goes
people say. He has been in jail or so the story goes.
a tall story
an obviously untrue story; a lie.

story

قِصَّة příběh historie Geschichte ιστορία relato tarina histoire priča storia 物語 이야기 verhaal historie historyjka história рассказ historia เรื่องราว öykü câu chuyện 故事
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It is only another name for trying to be good, and the story may help us, for though we do want to be good, it's hard work and we forget, and don't do our best.
The story of Wing Biddlebaum's hands is worth a book in itself.
But he's written a wonderful story, telling how he happened to come across the ancient manuscripts in the tomb of some old Indian whose mummy he unearthed on a trip to Central America.
Every one knows the fine story of Perseus and Andromeda; how the lovely Andromeda, the daughter of a king, was tied to a rock on the sea-coast, and as Leviathan was in the very act of carrying her off, Perseus, the prince of whalemen, intrepidly advancing, harpooned the monster, and delivered and married the maid.
But we cannot follow his curious fate further-- that would be a long story.
THE main purpose of this story is to appeal to the reader's interest in a subject which has been the theme of some of the greatest writers, living and dead -- but which has never been, and can never be, exhausted, because it is a subject eternally interesting to all mankind.
Such was the author of "The Little Duke" and "The Dove in the Eagle's Nest," such the author of "A Flatiron for a Farthing," and "The Story of a Short Life.
But in the round keep, a shape only seen in the most ancient castles the chambers excavated in the thickness of the walls and buttresses the difficulty by which access is gained from one story to those above it, Coningsburgh still retains the simplicity of its origin, and shows by what slow degrees man proceeded from occupying such rude and inconvenient lodgings, as were afforded by the galleries of the Castle of Mousa, to the more splendid accommodations of the Norman castles, with all their stern and Gothic graces.
Indeed, sister," said Dinarzade, "this is a wonderful story.
NOT long after Grandfather had told the story of his great chair, there chanced to be a rainy day.
The vicomte wished to begin his story and gave a subtle smile.
Travels, of course, I have read as part of the great human story, and autobiography has at times appeared to me the most delightful reading in the world; I have a taste in it that rejects nothing, though I have never enjoyed any autobiographies so much as those of such Italians as have reasoned of themselves.