Meaning of story
— n., pl. v., -ries, -ried, -ry•ing.
- a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
- a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
- such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
- the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
- a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
- a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration: the story of medicine; the story of his life.
- a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation: The story goes that he rejected the offer.
- a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
- to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
- to tell the history or story of.
— pl. -ries.
- a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
- the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
- any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
- a layer.
- 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
- 1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.
- story (Thesaurus)