Definition of Memory

1. Noun. Something that is remembered. "Search as he would, the memory was lost"

2. Noun. The cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered. "He enjoyed remembering his father"

3. Noun. The power of retaining and recalling past experience. "He had a good memory when he was younger"
Exact synonyms: Retention, Retentiveness, Retentivity
Generic synonyms: Faculty, Mental Faculty, Module
Specialized synonyms: Anamnesis, Recollection, Remembrance
Derivative terms: Memorize, Retain, Retentive, Retentive

4. Noun. An electronic memory device. "A memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"

5. Noun. The area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes. "He taught a graduate course on learning and memory"
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Psychology

Definition of Memory

1. n. The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events.

Definition of Memory

1. Noun. The ability of an organism to record information about things or events with the facility of recalling them later at will. ¹

2. Noun. A record of a thing or an event stored and available for later use by the organism. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) The part of a computer that stores variable executable code or data (RAM) or unalterable executable code or default data (ROM). ¹

4. Noun. The time within which past events can be or are remembered. ¹

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Definition of Memory

1. the mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience [n -RIES]

Medical Definition of Memory

1. Complex mental function having four distinct phases: (1) memorizing or learning, (2) retention, (3) recall, and (4) recognition. Clinically, it is usually subdivided into immediate, recent, and remote memory. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Memory

memory (current term)
memory T-cell
memory access
memory board
memory cache
memory card
memory cards
memory cell
memory chip
memory device
memory disorder
memory foam
memory image
memory lane

Literary usage of Memory

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"S. A combined test of memory, association and finding-time as described in the ... Show numerals in chance order and have subject write them from memory ..."

2. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"When one thinks of an absent acquaintance, the memory image may contain factors ... Furthermore, enough has been said to justify the description of memory ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"If therefore there be any innate ideas, they must be in the memory, or else nowhere in the mind; and if they be in the memory, they can be revived without ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1908)
"memory. Are growth and evolution forms of memory and habit? F. Darwin. Sei. ... Effect of memory on the habits of plants. Cur. Lit. 46: 567-9. N. '08. ..."

5. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"yet, unless its image also were present in my memory, I could by no means recall what the sound of this name should signify. Nor would the sick, ..."

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