|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|—n , pl -ries|
|1.||a. the ability of the mind to store and recall past sensations, thoughts, knowledge, etc: he can do it from memory|
|b. the part of the brain that appears to have this function|
|2.||the sum of everything retained by the mind|
|3.||a particular recollection of an event, person, etc|
|4.||the time over which recollection extends: within his memory|
|5.||commemoration or remembrance: in memory of our leader|
|6.||the state of being remembered, as after death|
|7.||backing store See also virtual storage RAM, main store, Also called: store a part of a computer in which information is stored for immediate use by the central processing unit|
|8.||the tendency for a material, system, etc, to show effects that depend on its past treatment or history|
|9.||the ability of a material, etc, to return to a former state after a constraint has been removed|
|[C14: from Old French memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor mindful]|
"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]Related: Memories.
memory mem·o·ry (měm'ə-rē)
The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience based on the mental processes of learning, retention, recall, and recognition.
Persistent modification of behavior resulting from experience.
The capacity of a material, such as plastic or metal, to return to a previous shape after deformation.
The capability of the immune system to produce a specific secondary response to an antigen it has previously encountered.
|memory (měm'ə-rē) Pronunciation Key