[ni-mon-ik] .
assisting or intended to assist the memory.
pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.
something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”

1745–55; < Greek mnēmonikós of, relating to memory, equivalent to mnēmon- (stem of mnḗmōn) mindful + -ikos -ic

mnemonically, adverb

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mnemonic (nɪˈmɒnɪk)
1.  aiding or meant to aid one's memory
2.  of or relating to memory or mnemonics
3.  something, such as a verse, to assist memory
[C18: from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful, from mnasthai to remember]

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1753, from Gk. mnemonikos "of or pertaining to memory," from mnemon (gen. mnemonos) "remembering, mindful," from mnasthai "remember," from PIE base *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). The noun meaning "mnemonic device" is from 1858. Mnemosyne, lit. "memory, remembrance," was
a titaness, mother of the Muses.
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mnemonic mne·mon·ic (nĭ-mŏn'ĭk)
Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory. n.
A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.

mne·mon'i·cal·ly adv.
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mnemonic definition

A word or string which is intended to be easier to remember than the thing it stands for. Most often used in "instruction mnemonic" which are so called because they are easier to remember than the binary patterns they stand for. Non-printing ASCII characters also have mnemonics like NAK, ESC, DEL intended to evoke their meaning on certain systems.

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any device for aiding the memory. Named for Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory in Greek mythology, mnemonics are also called memoria technica. The principle is to create in the mind an artificial structure that incorporates unfamiliar ideas or, especially, a series of dissociated ideas that by themselves are difficult to remember. Ideally, the structure is designed so that its parts are mutually suggestive. Grouping items in rhymed verse has long been a popular mnemonic technique, from the "gender rhymes" of the Latin grammars to the verse for remembering the number of days in the months ("Thirty days hath September, April, June and November").

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Example sentences
He was able to beef up his memory by learning mnemonic techniques.
For many people of a certain age, the sound of classic swing music is the
  mnemonic key to the past.
We used a mnemonic method called the "body list" in which you
  associate images with parts of your body.
Television at first maintained radio's requirement for mnemonic, musical
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