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Histolysis noun [ New Latin , from Greek "isto`s tissue + ... to loosen, dissolve.] (Biol.) The decay and dissolution of the organic tissues and of the blood.

Histolytic adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to histolysis, or the degeneration of tissues.

Histonomy noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + ... to distribute, regulate.] The science which treats of the laws relating to organic tissues, their formation, development, functions, etc.

Histophyly noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + Greek ... clan.] (Biol.) The tribal history of cells, a division of morphophyly. Haeckel.

Historial adjective [ Latin historialis : confer French historial .] Historical. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Historian noun [ French historien .]
1. A writer of history; a chronicler; an annalist.

Even the historian takes great liberties with facts.
Sir J. Reynolds.

2. One versed or well informed in history.

Great captains should be good historians .
South.

Historic (hĭs*tŏr"ĭk), his*tor"ic*al (hĭs*tŏr"ĭ*k a l) adjective [ Latin historicus , Greek "istoriko`s : confer French 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 , noun -- His*to*ric"i*ty noun

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.

Historically adverb In the manner of, or in accordance with, history.

Historicize transitive verb To record or narrate in the manner of a history; to chronicle. [ R.]

Historied adjective Related in history.

Historier noun An historian. [ Obsolete]

Historiette noun [ French, dim. of histoire a history.] Historical narration on a small scale; a brief recital; a story. Emerson.

Historify transitive verb [ History + -fy .] To record in or as history. [ R.] Lamb.

Thy conquest meet to be historified .
Sir P. Sidney.

Historiographer (hĭs*tō`rĭ*ŏg"rȧ*fẽr) noun [ Latin historiographus , Greek "istoriogra`fos ; "istori`a history + gra`fein to write: confer French historiographe .] An historian; a writer of history; especially, one appointed or designated to write a history; also, a title bestowed by some governments upon historians of distinction.

Historiographership noun The office of an historiographer. Saintsbury.

Historiography noun The art of employment of an historiographer.

Historiology noun [ Greek ... history + -logy .] A discourse on history. Cockeram.

Historionomer noun [ Greek ... history + ... to distribute.] One versed in the phenomena of history and the laws controlling them.

And historionomers will have measured accurately the sidereal years of races.
Lowell.

Historize transitive verb To relate as history; to chronicle; to historicize. [ R.] Evelyn.

History noun ; plural Histories . [ Latin historia , Greek 'istori`a history, information, inquiry, from 'istwr , "istwr , knowing, learned, from the root of ... to know; akin to English wit . See Wit , and confer Story .]


1. A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill.

2. A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance ; -- distinguished also from annals , which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography , which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir , which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory.

Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.
Carlyle.

For aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history .
Shak.

What histories of toil could I declare!
Pope.

History piece , a representation in painting, drawing, etc., of any real event, including the actors and the action. -- Natural history , a description and classification of objects in nature, as minerals, plants, animals, etc., and the phenomena which they exhibit to the senses.

Syn. -- Chronicle; annals; relation; narration. -- History , Chronicle , Annals . History is a methodical record of important events which concern a community of men, usually so arranged as to show the connection of causes and effects, to give an analysis of motive and action etc. A chronicle is a record of such events, conforming to the order of time as its distinctive feature. Annals are a chronicle divided up into separate years. By poetic license annals is sometimes used for history .

Justly Cæsar scorns the poet's lays;
It is to history he trusts for praise.
Pope.

No more yet of this;
For 't is a chronicle of day by day,
Not a relation for a breakfast.
Shak.

Many glorious examples in the annals of our religion.
Rogers.

History transitive verb To narrate or record. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Histotomy noun [ Greek ... tissue + ... to cut.] The dissection of organic tissues.

Histozyme noun [ Greek ... tissue + ... leaven.] (Physiol. Chem.) A soluble ferment occurring in the animal body, to the presence of which many normal decompositions and synthetical processes are supposed to be due.

Histrion noun [ Latin histrio : confer French histrion .] A player. [ R.] Pope.

Histrionic, Histrionical adjective [ Latin histrionicus : confer French histrionique . See Histrion .] Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical; -- sometimes in a bad sense. -- His`tri*on"ic*al*ly , adverb

Tainted with false and histrionic feeling.
De Quincey.

Histrionicism noun The histrionic art; stageplaying. W. Black.

Histrionism noun Theatrical representation; acting; affectation. Sir T. Browne.

Histrionize transitive verb To act; to represent on the stage, or theatrically. Urquhart.

Hit pron. Italian [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hit 3d pers. sing. present of Hide , contracted from hideth . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Hit ; present participle & verbal noun Hitting .] [ Middle English hitten , hutten , of Scand. origin; confer Danish hitte to hit, find, Swedish & Icelandic hitta .]
1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at).

I think you have hit the mark.
Shak.

2. To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit.

Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right.
Locke.

There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him.
Dryden.

Whose saintly visage is too bright
To hit the sense of human sight.
Milton.

He scarcely hit my humor.
Tennyson.

3. To guess; to light upon or discover. "Thou hast hit it." Shak.

4. (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected piece on a point.

To hit off , to describe with quick characteristic strokes; as, to hit off a speaker. Sir W. Temple. -- To hit out , to perform by good luck. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Hit intransitive verb
1. To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; -- followed by against or on .

If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?
Locke.

Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them.
Woodward.

2. To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, -- often with implied chance, or luck.

And oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
Shak.

And millions miss for one that hits .
Swift.

To hit on or upon , to light upon; to come to by chance. "None of them hit upon the art." Addison.

Hit noun
1. A striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.

So he the famed Cilician fencer praised,
And, at each hit , with wonder seems amazed.
Dryden.

2. A stroke of success in an enterprise, as by a fortunate chance; as, he made a hit .

What late he called a blessing, now was wit,
And God's good providence, a lucky hit .
Pope.

3. A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark; as, a happy hit .

4. A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts less than a gammon .

5. (Baseball) A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit ; a foul hit ; -- sometimes used specifically for a base hit .

Base hit , Safe hit , Sacrifice hit . (Baseball) See under Base , Safe , etc.

Hitch (hĭch) transitive verb [ Confer Scot. hitch a motion by a jerk, and hatch , hotch , to move by jerks, also Prov. German hiksen , German hinken , to limp, hobble; or English hiccough ; or possibly akin to English hook .]
1. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.

Atoms . . . which at length hitched together.
South.

2. To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; -- said of something obstructed or impeded.

Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
Pope.

To ease themselves . . . by hitching into another place.
Fuller.

3. To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere. [ Eng.] Halliwell.

Hitch transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Hitched ; present participle & verbal noun Hitching .]
1. To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke; as, to hitch a horse, or a halter.

2. To move with hitches; as, he hitched his chair nearer.

To hitch up . (a) To fasten up. (b) To pull or raise with a jerk; as, a sailor hitches up his trousers. (c) To attach, as a horse, to a vehicle; as, hitch up the gray mare. [ Colloq.]

Hitch noun
1. A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.

2. The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.

3. A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle; as, a hitch in one's progress or utterance; a hitch in the performance.

4. A sudden movement or pull; a pull up; as, the sailor gave his trousers a hitch .

5. (Nautical) A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; -- intended for a temporary fastening; as, a half hitch ; a clove hitch ; a timber hitch , etc.

6. (Geol.) A small dislocation of a bed or vein.

Hitchel noun & transitive verb See Hatchel .

Hithe (hī&thlig;) noun [ Anglo-Saxon hȳð . Confer Hide to conceal.] A port or small haven; -- used in composition; as, Lambhithe , now Lambeth . Pennant.

Hither adverb [ Middle English hider , Anglo-Saxon hider ; akin to Icelandic hēðra , Danish hid , Swedish hit , Goth. hidrē ; confer Latin citra on this side, or English here , he . √183. Confer He .]


1. To this place; -- used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate of hence and thither ; as, to come or bring hither .

2. To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical.

Hither we refer whatsoever belongeth unto the highest perfection of man.
Hooker.

Hither and thither , to and fro; backward and forward; in various directions. "Victory is like a traveller, and goeth hither and thither ." Knolles.

Hither adjective
1. Being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; -- correlate of thither and farther ; as, on the hither side of a hill. Milton.

2. Applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than.

And on the hither side, or so she looked,
Of twenty summers.
Tennyson.

To the present generation, that is to say, the people a few years on the hither and thither side of thirty, the name of Charles Darwin stands alongside of those of Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday.
Huxley.

Hithermost adjective Nearest on this side. Sir M. Hale.

Hitherto adverb
1. To this place; to a prescribed limit.

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.
Job xxxviii. 11.

2. Up to this time; as yet; until now.

The Lord hath blessed me hitherto .
Josh. xvii. 14.

Hitherward adverb [ Anglo-Saxon hiderweard .] Toward this place; hither.

Marching hitherward in proud array.
Shak.

Hitter noun One who hits or strikes; as, a hard hitter .

Hittite noun [ From Hebrew Khittīm Hittites.] A member of an ancient people (or perhaps group of peoples) whose settlements extended from Armenia westward into Asia Minor and southward into Palestine. They are known to have been met along the Orontes as early as 1500 b. c. , and were often at war with the Egyptians and Assyrians. Especially in the north they developed a considerable civilization, of which numerous monuments and inscriptions are extant. Authorities are not agreed as to their race. While several attempts have been made to decipher the Hittite characters, little progress has yet been made.

Hittorf rays (Electricity) Rays (chiefly cathode rays) developed by the electric discharge in Hittorf tubes.

Hittorf tube (Electricity) (a) A highly exhausted glass tube with metallic electrodes nearly in contact so as to exhibit the insulating effects of a vacuum. It was used by the German physicist W. Hittorf (b. 1824). (b) A Crookes tube.

Hive noun [ Middle English hive , huve , Anglo-Saxon h...fe .]
1. A box, basket, or other structure, for the reception and habitation of a swarm of honeybees. Dryden.

2. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees. Shak.

3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.

The hive of Roman liars.
Tennyson.

Hive bee (Zoology) , the honeybee.

Hive transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Hived ; present participle & verbal noun Hiving .]
1. To collect into a hive; to place in, or cause to enter, a hive; as, to hive a swarm of bees.

2. To store up in a hive, as honey; hence, to gather and accumulate for future need; to lay up in store.

Hiving wisdom with each studious year.
Byron.

Hive intransitive verb To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body. Pope.