his·tor·ic his·tor·ic·al a. 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.
adj 1: of or relating to the study of history; "historical
scholars"; "a historical perspective" [ant: ahistorical]
2: having once lived or existed or taken place in the real
world as distinct from being legendary; "the historical
Jesus"; "doubt that a historical Camelot every existed";
"actual historical events"
3: belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the
past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic)
times"; "a historical character" [syn: historic]
4: used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as
it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics" [syn: diachronic]