Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
n., pl. -ries,
v., -ried, -ry•ing.

1. a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
2. a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
3. such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
4. the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation: The story goes that he rejected the offer.
8. See news story.
9. a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
10. Obs.history.

1. to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
2. tell the history or story of.


Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
pl. -ries.

1. a complete horizontal section of a building, having one continuous or practically continuous floor.
2. the set of rooms on the same floor or level of a building.
3. any major horizontal architectural division, as of a façade or the wall of a nave.
4. a layer. Also, esp. Brit.,storey.


Pronunciation: (stôr'ē, stōr'ē), [key]
1. Joseph, 1779–1845, U.S. jurist.
2. William Wet•more Pronunciation: (wet'môr", -mōr"), [key] 1819–95, U.S. sculptor and poet.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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