(1)   An electronic memory device
"A memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"
(2)   The power of retaining and recalling past experience
"He had a good memory when he was younger"
(3)   The cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
"He can do it from memory"
"He enjoyed remembering his father"
(4)   Something that is remembered
"Search as he would, the memory was lost"
(5)   The area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes
"He taught a graduate course on learning and memory"


< , etc. < < ; cf. Greek , .


  1. 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.
    • Albert Schweitzer
      Happiness 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. 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.

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