from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of reading or reciting in a public performance.
  • noun A very detailed account or report of something; a narration.
  • noun A public performance of music or dance, especially by a solo performer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The reciting or repeating of something previously prepared; especially, an elocutionary recitation; the rhetorical delivery before an audience of a composition committed to memory: as, the recital of a poem; a dramatic recital.
  • noun A telling over; a narration; a relation of particulars about anything, either orally or in writing: as, the recital of evidence.
  • noun That which is recited; a story; a narrative: as, a harrowing recital.
  • noun In law:
  • noun That part of a deed which rehearses the circumstances inducing or leading to its execution.
  • noun Any incidental statement of fact in a deed or contract: as, a recital is evidence of the fact recited, as against the party making it.
  • noun A musical performance or concert, vocal or instrumental, especially one given by a single performer, or a concert consisting of selections from the works of some one composer: as, a Wagner recital; a piano recital.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of reciting; the repetition of the words of another, or of a document; rehearsal.
  • noun A telling in detail and due order of the particulars of anything, as of a law, an adventure, or a series of events; narration.
  • noun That which is recited; a story; a narration.
  • noun (Mus.) A vocal or instrumental performance by one person; -- distinguished from concert
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of reciting (the repetition of something that has been memorized); rehearsal
  • noun The act of telling the order of events of something in detail the order of events; narration.
  • noun That which is recited; a story, narration, account.
  • noun A vocal, instrumental or visual performance by a soloist.
  • noun law A formal, preliminary statement in a deed or writing in order to explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded, prior to a positive allegation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
  • noun a detailed account or description of something
  • noun a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
  • noun a detailed statement giving facts and figures
  • noun performance of music or dance especially by soloists


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