Definitions for mnemonicnɪˈmɒn ɪk; nuˈmɒn ɪk, nyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mne•mon•ic*nɪˈmɒn ɪk; nuˈmɒn ɪk, nyu-(adj.)

  1. assisting or intended to assist the memory.

  2. pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.

  3. (n.)something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. a symbol, acronym, or other short form used as a computer code or function, as in programming.

    Category: Computers

* Pron: mnemonic is frequently pronouncedas if the first syllable were new.

Origin of mnemonic:

1745–55; < Gk mnēmonikós of memory =mnēmon- mindful +-ikos -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mnemonic(adj)

    a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall

  2. mnemonic, mnemotechnic, mnemotechnical(adj)

    of or relating to or involved the practice of aiding the memory

    "mnemonic device"


  1. mnemonic(Noun)

    Anything (especially something in verbal form) used to help remember something.

    To remember the colours of the rainbow, use the mnemonic: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

  2. mnemonic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to mnemonics: the study of techniques for remembering anything more easily.

  3. Origin: From mnemonicus, from μνημονικός, from μνήμον, from μνᾶσθαι, from men-; see mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mnemonic(adj)

    alt. of Mnemonical


  1. Mnemonic

    A mnemonic, or mnemonic device, is any learning technique that aids information retention. Mnemonics aim to translate information into a form that the human brain can retain better than its original form. Even the process of merely learning this conversion might already aid in the transfer of information to long-term memory. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as short poems, acronyms, or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used for other types of information and in visual or kinesthetic forms. Their use is based on the observation that the human mind more easily remembers spatial, personal, surprising, physical, sexual, humorous, or otherwise 'relatable' information, rather than more abstract or impersonal forms of information. The word mnemonic is derived from the Ancient Greek word μνημονικός, meaning "of memory" and is related to Mnemosyne, the name of the goddess of memory in Greek mythology. Both of these words are derived from μνήμη, "remembrance, memory". Mnemonics in antiquity were most often considered in the context of what is today known as the Art of memory.

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