• Memory


    • UK IPA: /ˈmɛməɹi/
    • US IPA: /ˈmɛmɹi/, /ˈmɛməɹi/
      • pin-pen IPA: /ˈmɪmɹi/, /ˈmɪməɹi/

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    From Anglo-Norman memorie, Old French memoire etc., from Latin memoria ("the faculty of remembering, remembrance, memory, a historical account"), from memor ("mindful, remembering"), related to Ancient Greek μνήμη (mneme, "memory") μέρμερος (mermeros, "anxious"), μέριμνα (merimna, "care, thought"), Old English mimor ("mindful, remembering"). More at mimmer.

    Full definition of memory



    (countable and uncountable; plural memorys)
    1. (uncountable) 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.
      • unknown date Albert SchweitzerHappiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
    2. A record of a thing or an event stored and available for later use by the organism.I have no memory of that event.
    3. (computing) 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.
    4. The time within which past events can be or are remembered.in recent memory; in living memory
    5. (attributive, of a material) which returns to its original shape when heat
      Memory metal; memory plastic.
    6. (obsolete) A memorial.
      • ShakespeareThese weeds are memories of those worser hours.


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