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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Memory  \Mem"o*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Memories}.  [OE.  memorie,  OF 
  memoire,  memorie,  F.  m['e]moire,  L.  memoria,  fr  memor 
  mindful;  cf  mora  delay.  Cf  {Demur},  {Martyr},  {Memoir}, 
  {Remember}.] 
  1.  The  faculty  of  the  mind  by  which  it  retains  the  knowledge 
  of  previous  thoughts,  impressions,  or  events. 
 
  Memory  is  the  purveyor  of  reason.  --Rambler. 
 
  2.  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.  The  actual  and  distinct  retention  and  recognition  of  past 
  ideas  in  the  mind;  remembrance;  as  in  memory  of  youth; 
  memories  of  foreign  lands. 
 
  4.  The  time  within  which  past  events  can  be  or  are 
  remembered;  as  within  the  memory  of  man. 
 
  And  what  before  thy  memory,  was  done  From  the 
  begining.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  The  memory  of  the  just  is  blessed.  --Prov.  x.  7. 
 
  That  ever-living  man  of  memory,  Henry  the  Fifth 
  --Shak. 
 
  The  Nonconformists  .  .  .  have  as  a  body,  always 
  venerated  her  [Elizabeth's]  memory.  --Macaulay. 
 
  6.  A  memorial.  [Obs.] 
 
  These  weeds  are  memories  of  those  worser  hours. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  {Memory},  {Remembrance},  {Recollection},  {Reminiscence}. 
 
  Usage:  Memory  is  the  generic  term,  denoting  the  power  by 
  which  we  reproduce  past  impressions.  Remembrance  is  an 
  exercise  of  that  power  when  things  occur  spontaneously 
  to  our  thoughts.  In  recollection  we  make  a  distinct 
  effort  to  collect  again  or  call  back  what  we  know 
  has  been  formerly  in  the  mind.  Reminiscence  is 
  intermediate  between  remembrance  and  recollection, 
  being  a  conscious  process  of  recalling  past 
  occurrences,  but  without  that  full  and  varied 
  reference  to  particular  things  which  characterizes 
  recollection.  ``When  an  idea  again  recurs  without  the 
  operation  of  the  like  object  on  the  external  sensory, 
  it  is  remembrance;  if  it  be  sought  after  by  the  mind, 
  and  with  pain  and  endeavor  found  and  brought  again 
  into  view,  it  is  recollection.''  --Locke. 
 
  {To  draw  to  memory},  to  put  on  record;  to  record.  [Obs.] 
  --Chaucer.  Gower. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  memory 
  n  1:  something  that  is  remembered;  "search  as  he  would  the 
  memory  was  lost" 
  2:  the  cognitive  processes  whereby  past  experience  is 
  remembered;  "he  can  do  it  from  memory";  "he  enjoyed 
  remembering  his  father"  [syn:  {remembering}] 
  3:  the  power  of  retaining  and  recalling  past  experience;  "he 
  had  a  good  memory  when  he  was  younger"  [syn:  {retention}, 
  {retentiveness}] 
  4:  an  electronic  memory  device;  "a  memory  and  the  CPU  form  the 
  central  part  of  a  computer  to  which  peripherals  are 
  attached"  [syn:  {storage},  {store},  {memory  board}] 
  5:  the  area  of  cognitive  psychology  that  studies  memory 
  processes;  "he  taught  a  graduate  course  on  learning  and 
  memory" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  memory 
 
    These  days,  usually  used  synonymously  with  {Random 
  Access  Memory}  or  {Read-Only  Memory},  but  in  the  general  sense 
  it  can  be  any  device  that  can  hold  {data}  in 
  {machine-readable}  format. 
 
  (1996-05-25) 
 
 




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