a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall
mnemonic, mnemotechnic, mnemotechnical(adj)
of or relating to or involved the practice of aiding the memory
An abbreviated word that resembles the full word, used so as to be easily recognized; as, the CIDE uses ... tags as mnemnonics for an italicised word or field.
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)
Of or relating to mnemonics: the study of techniques for remembering anything more easily.
Origin: From mnemonicus, from μνημονικός, from μνήμον, from μνᾶσθαι, from men-; see mind.
alt. of Mnemonical
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
-al, nē-mon′ik, -al, adj. assisting the memory.—ns. Mnemon′ics, the art of assisting the memory: a mode of recalling to the mind any fact or number, or a series of disconnected terms or figures; Mnemos′yne, goddess of memory, mother of the Muses.—adj. Mnemotech′nic, mnemonic.—n. Mnemotech′nics, mnemonics. [Gr. mnēmonikos—mnēmōn, mindful—mnasthai, to remember.]
The numerical value of mnemonic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of mnemonic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
For traditional societies, place names were typically associated with histories and stories and mnemonic devices to aid those societies to find knowledge about anything, such as our environment or who we are as a society.
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- mnemònicCatalan, Valencian
- mnemotechnický, mnemonickýCzech
- mnemonisch, EselsbrückeGerman
- mnemonika, mnemonikoEsperanto
- muistisääntö, muistitekninenFinnish
- mnémotechnique, mnémotechnie, mnémoniqueFrench
- cuimhneachanScottish Gaelic
- mnemotechnisch, mnemotechniek, ezelsbruggetje, mnemonisch, geheugensteuntjeDutch
- memoreringsteknik, mnemoteknisk, minnesregelSwedish
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