[mem-uh-ree] /ˈmɛm ə ri/
noun, plural memories.
the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
this faculty as possessed by a particular individual:
to have a good memory.
the act or fact of retaining and recalling impressions, facts, etc.; remembrance; recollection:
to draw from memory.
the length of time over which recollection extends:
a time within the memory of living persons.
a mental impression retained; a recollection:
one’s earliest memories.
the reputation of a person or thing, especially after death; fame:
a ruler of beloved memory.
the state or fact of being remembered.
a person, thing, event, fact, etc., remembered.
commemorative remembrance; commemoration:
a monument in memory of Columbus.
the ability of certain materials to return to an original shape after deformation.
Also called computer memory, storage. Computers.
Rhetoric. the step in the classical preparation of a speech in which the wording is memorized.
Cards. (def 7).
noun (pl) -ries
the sum of everything retained by the mind
a particular recollection of an event, person, etc
the time over which recollection extends: within his memory
commemoration or remembrance: in memory of our leader
the state of being remembered, as after death
Also called RAM, main store, store. a part of a computer in which information is stored for immediate use by the central processing unit See also backing store, virtual storage
the tendency for a material, system, etc, to show effects that depend on its past treatment or history
the ability of a material, etc, to return to a former state after a constraint has been removed
mid-13c., “recollection (of someone or something); awareness, consciousness,” also “fame, renown, reputation,” from Anglo-French memorie (Old French memoire, 11c., “mind, memory, remembrance; memorial, record”) and directly from Latin memoria “memory, remembrance, faculty of remembering,” noun of quality from memor “mindful, remembering,” from PIE root *(s)mer- “to remember” (Sanskrit smarati “remembers,” Avestan mimara “mindful;” Greek merimna “care, thought,” mermeros “causing anxiety, mischievous, baneful;” Serbo-Croatian mariti “to care for;” Welsh marth “sadness, anxiety;” Old Norse Mimir, name of the giant who guards the Well of Wisdom; Old English gemimor “known,” murnan “mourn, remember sorrowfully;” Dutch mijmeren “to ponder”). Meaning “faculty of remembering” is late 14c. in English.
I am grown old and my memory is not as active as it used to be. When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it. [Mark Twain, “Autobiography”]
Computer sense, “device which stores information,” is from 1946. Related: Memories.
memory mem·o·ry (měm’ə-rē)
[mem-uh-rahyz] /ˈmɛm əˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), memorized, memorizing. 1. to commit to ; learn by heart: to memorize a poem. verb (used without object), memorized, memorizing. 2. to learn by heart: I’ve always been able to memorize easily. /ˈmɛməˌraɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember v. chiefly British […]
[mem-er-ist] /ˈmɛm ər ɪst/ noun 1. a person who has a remarkably retentive .
[muh-mawr-i-ter, -ter, -mohr-] /məˈmɔr ɪ tər, -tɛr, -ˈmoʊr-/ adverb 1. by heart; by memory. adjective 2. involving or requiring memorization: the memoriter aspects of a college course.
[mem-uh-rahyz] /ˈmɛm əˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), memorized, memorizing. 1. to commit to ; learn by heart: to memorize a poem. verb (used without object), memorized, memorizing. 2. to learn by heart: I’ve always been able to memorize easily. /ˈmɛməˌraɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember v. 1590s, “commit […]