What does memory mean?

Definitions for memory
ˈmɛm ə rimem·o·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memory(noun)

    something that is remembered

    "search as he would, the memory was lost"

  2. memory, remembering(noun)

    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered

    "he can do it from memory"; "he enjoyed remembering his father"

  3. memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity(noun)

    the power of retaining and recalling past experience

    "he had a good memory when he was younger"

  4. memory, computer memory, storage, computer storage, store, memory board(noun)

    an electronic memory device

    "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"

  5. memory(noun)

    the area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes

    "he taught a graduate course on learning and memory"

Wiktionary

  1. memory(Noun)

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

    Memory is a facility common to all animals.

    Etymology: From memorie, memoire etc., from memoria, from memor, related to μνήμη μέρμερος, μέριμνα.

  2. memory(Noun)

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

    I have no memory of that event.

    Etymology: From memorie, memoire etc., from memoria, from memor, related to μνήμη μέρμερος, μέριμνα.

  3. memory(Noun)

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

    This data passes from the CPU to the memory.

    Etymology: From memorie, memoire etc., from memoria, from memor, related to μνήμη μέρμερος, μέριμνα.

  4. memory(Noun)

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

    in recent memory; in living memory

    Etymology: From memorie, memoire etc., from memoria, from memor, related to μνήμη μέρμερος, μέριμνα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Memory(noun)

    the faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events

  2. Memory(noun)

    the reach and positiveness with which a person can remember; the strength and trustworthiness of one's power to reach and represent or to recall the past; as, his memory was never wrong

  3. Memory(noun)

    the actual and distinct retention and recognition of past ideas in the mind; remembrance; as, in memory of youth; memories of foreign lands

  4. Memory(noun)

    the time within which past events can be or are remembered; as, within the memory of man

  5. Memory(noun)

    something, or an aggregate of things, remembered; hence, character, conduct, etc., as preserved in remembrance, history, or tradition; posthumous fame; as, the war became only a memory

  6. Memory(noun)

    a memorial

Freebase

  1. Memory

    In psychology, memory is the process by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information that is from the outside world to reach our senses in the forms of chemical and physical stimuli. In this first stage we must change the information so that we may put the memory into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that we maintain information over periods of time. Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that we have stored. We must locate it and return it to our consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information. From an information processing perspective there are three main stages in the formation and retrieval of memory: ⁕Encoding or registration: receiving, processing and combining of received information ⁕Storage: creation of a permanent record of the encoded information ⁕Retrieval, recall or recollection: calling back the stored information in response to some cue for use in a process or activity The loss of memory is described as forgetfulness, or as a medical disorder, amnesia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Memory

    mem′o-ri, n. the power of retaining and reproducing mental or sensory impressions: a having or keeping in the mind: time within which past things can be remembered: that which is remembered: commemoration: remembrance.—n.pl. Memorabil′ia, things worth remembering: noteworthy points.—adj. Mem′orable, deserving to be remembered: remarkable.—adv. Mem′orably.—n. Memoran′dum, something to be remembered: a note to assist the memory: (law) a brief note of some transaction: (diplomacy) a summary of the state of a question:—pl. Memoran′dums, Memoran′da.—adjs. Mem′orātive, pertaining to memory: aiding the memory; Mem&##x14D;′rial, bringing to memory: contained in memory.—n. that which serves to keep in remembrance: a monument: a note to help the memory: a written statement forming the ground of a petition, laid before a legislative or other body: (B.) memory.—v.t. Memō′rialise, to present a memorial to: to petition by a memorial.—n. Memō′rialist, one who writes, signs, or presents a memorial.—v.t. Mem′orise, to commit to memory: (Shak.) to cause to be remembered.—adv. Memor′iter, from memory: by heart.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Memory

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. memory

    A component, device, unit or element of an application, computer, equipment, device, laptop, machine, network or server.

    The memory of a computer or other type of device is a vital part of its composition.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  
  2. memory

    An element of our mind that functions accurately and has the ability, action and power to remember, think, connect, recognize, remember data, facts, information and statistics, use language and function as a human being.

    Our memory is an amazing part of our mind.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  
  3. memory

    An experience remembered.

    My memory of that moment was so joyous together we chose to wed.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'memory' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1367

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'memory' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1721

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'memory' in Nouns Frequency: #433

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of memory in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of memory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of memory in a Sentence

  1. Jane Austen:

    If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient at others, so bewildered and so weak and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control We are, to be sure, a miracle every way but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

  2. Wendy Suzuki:

    I tested students on a challenging memory task that required them to differentiate between similar-looking objects in memory. I found that one semester of increased exercise in my class improved their response times for correctly answered questions. In other words, they answered correctly more quickly if they were in my exercise class compared to if they were not in the exercise class, improvements in response times have been reported before, but this was unique because it was shown in a group of healthy young university students with just once a week of increased exercise. This suggests that if significant effects can be seen with this modest amount of exercise, then we might see even more striking effects if we got up to two to four times a week of increased exercise.

  3. Greg Stelzer:

    For us, this has been like therapy — it’s Sara’s legacy. It keeps her memory alive.

  4. Mike Chapman:

    We know some people questioned Mike Chapman memory, but not the judges and not me, we are both so grateful that this day finally arrived. Kathy can put the past behind her. It was an act of horror that changed all of our childhoods.

  5. Joshua Dratel:

    I was in the case from the beginning and I never came across him once, i have no memory of Mr. Ratcliffe trying the case.

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