from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the character of history.
- adj. Based on or concerned with events in history.
- adj. Used in the past: historical costumes; historical weapons.
- adj. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.
- adj. Diachronic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or connected with history; containing or of the nature or character of history: as, a historical poem; historical evidence; a historical chart.
- Narrated or mentioned in history; belonging to the past, and mentioned or used at present only with reference to the past.
- In philosophy, pertaining to things learned from the testimony of others or by our own senses.
- In grammar, used in statement of past facts or narration of past events: as, a historical tense.
- In hydrodynamics, the Lagrangian method, which considers the path of each particle.
- In biology, ancestral or inherited, or due to conditions which existed in the past history of an organism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
- adj. used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time
- adj. having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary
- adj. of or relating to the study of history
From historic + -al. (Wiktionary)