1. The act of reciting; the repetition of the words of another, or of a document; rehearsal; as, the recital of testimony.
2. A telling in detail and due order of the particulars of anything, as of a law, an adventure, or a series of events; narration.
3. That which is recited; a story; a narration.
4. Mus. A vocal or instrumental performance by one person; -- distinguished from concert; as, a song recital; an organ, piano, or violin recital.
5. Law The formal statement, or setting forth, of some matter of fact in any deed or writing in order to explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded; the statement of matter in pleading introductory to some positive allegation.
Syn: -- Account; rehearsal; recitation; narration; description; explanation; enumeration; detail; narrative. See Account.
n 1: the act of giving an account describing incidents or a
course of events; "his narration was hesitant" [syn: narration,
2: performance of music or dance especially by soloists
3: a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory)
something prepared in advance; "the program included songs
and recitations of well-loved poems" [syn: recitation, reading]
4: a detailed statement giving facts and figures; "his wife
gave a recital of his infidelities"
5: a detailed account or description of something; "he was
forced to listen to a recital of his many shortcomings"