The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
historic \his*tor"ic\ (h[i^]s*t[o^]r"[i^]k), historical
\his*tor"ic*al\ (h[i^]s*t[o^]r"[i^]*kal), a. [L. historicus, Gr.
"istoriko`s: cf. F. historique. See History.]
Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events;
as, an historical poem; the historic page. --
His*tor"ic*al*ness, n. -- His*to*ric"i*ty, n.
There warriors frowning in historic brass. --Pope.
2. having once lived, existed, or taken place in the real
world; -- contrasted with legendary; as, the historical
Jesus; doubt that a historical Camelot every existed;
actual historical events.
3. Belonging to the past; as, historical (or historic) times;
a historical character.
4. Within the period of time recorded in written documents;
as, within historic times. Opposite of prehistoric.
5. (Linguistics) Same as diachronic. synchronic
Historical painting, that branch of painting which
represents the events of history.
Historical sense, that meaning of a passage which is
deduced from the circumstances of time, place, etc., under
which it was written.
The historic sense, the capacity to conceive and represent
the unity and significance of a past era or age.