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plural chronologies

Definition of chronology

1 : the science that deals with measuring time by regular divisions and that assigns to events their proper dates
2 : a chronological table, list, or account a chronology of the author's works
3 : an arrangement (as of events) in order of occurrence reconstruct the chronology of the trip The book provides a chronology of events leading up to the American Civil War.

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History is much more than a simple chronology of events, but keeping events in chronological order is the first essential step in thinking about it. When, for example, historians try to show how World War I prepared the way for World War II, tracking the chronology of the events in the years between the two wars can help in explaining a complicated historical era.

Examples of chronology in a Sentence

We tried to reconstruct the chronology of the accident. The book provides a chronology of the events leading up to the American Civil War.
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, the drift, the disconnect, of her narrator enables Levy to open up the novel, not just through the chronology, but also through an increasing attention to sequences and signs. David L. Ulin, The New Republic, "Deborah Levy’s Time Warp," 22 Oct. 2019 Regan’s book unfolds in episodic snapshots, their chronology ricocheting like a pinball; the effect is less a life story than an exacting, often disquieting exercise in excavating the self. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“Burn the Place” Is a Thrilling, Disquieting Memoir of Addiction and Coming of Age," 15 Oct. 2019 Prosecutor Dan Akemon [in court]: Mr. Kutcher is part of the chronology of this case that is offered to show you that there was a … very narrow window of opportunity for somebody to get into the house and murder Ashley. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 So think of this list as a starting point, plus an invitation to look back at your own literary chronology: What spoke to you during a certain time in your life — and why? Marvin Joseph, Washington Post, "The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100," 26 June 2019 By breaking up the chronology and yanking the audience back and forth between Theo’s fraught youth and crisis-ridden present, though, the film prevents an audience from gaining emotional traction., "‘The Goldfinch’ is well acted, absolutely watchable, and instantly forgettable - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Most of the early claims are kind of preposterous, because the chronology wasn’t good enough to know that the discovery of fossils of Neanderthals, for example, were correlative with an excursion. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Take Longer to Flip Than Previously Thought," 8 Aug. 2019 The great ambition of Moser’s book is its willingness to organize itself around guiding ideas rather than simply the chronology of events. Leslie Jamison, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Susan Sontag," 12 Sep. 2019 True, the play had an unusual structure, with its reverse chronology. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of chronology

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chronology

borrowed from New Latin chronologia, from chrono- chrono- + -logia -logy

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of chronology was in 1585

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English Language Learners Definition of chronology

: the order in which a series of events happened
: a record of the order in which a series of events happened
: a science that deals with measuring time and finding out when events happened

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