noun, plural mem·o·ries.
- the capacity of a computer to store information subject to recall.
- the components of the computer in which such information is stored.
Origin of memory
Examples from the Web for memories
Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.
Some songs get wedged in our memories entirely because of one line.
I may be missing some time and there are memories that will never be retrieved.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today, with the memories of Ingrid Bergman so vivid in his mind, it seems clear that he's been thinking about her a great deal.
By the end of his life, the memories of corporal punishment at the hands of his teachers were vivid.
Forms, now turning into dust, holy in our memories, read these familiar pages.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
The memories of the people were stored with short narratives; for a startling tale was not easily forgotten.Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
Their memories harbour them like a stinking suit of old clothes.The Tree of Heaven|May Sinclair
A first glance is disappointing, but the memories of the place are compensation enough.In the Border Country|W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
Sinecure it was, though ennui ruled; but he had his memories, and Rome was not far away.Egoists|James Huneker
noun plural -ries
- the ability of the mind to store and recall past sensations, thoughts, knowledge, etche can do it from memory
- the part of the brain that appears to have this function
Word Origin for memory
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.
- The ability to remember past experiences or learned information, involving advanced mental processes such as learning, retention, recall, and recognition and resulting from chemical changes between neurons in several different areas of the brain, including the hippocampus. Immediate memory lasts for just a few seconds. Short-term memory stores information that has been minimally processed and is available only for a few minutes, as in remembering a phone number just long enough to use it. Short-term memory is transferred into long-term memory, which can last for many years, only when repeated use of the information facilitates neurochemical changes that allow it to be retained. The loss of memory because of disease or injury is called amnesia.
- The collection of information gained from past learning or experience that is stored in a person's mind.
- A piece of information, such as the mental image of an experience, that is stored in the memory.
- A part of a computer in which data is stored for later use.
- The capacity of a computer, chips, and storage devices to preserve data and programs for retrieval. Memory is measured in bytes. See more at hard disk RAM ROM.
see commit to memory; in memory of.