• A Monkey's Memory
    A Monkey's Memory
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n memorial a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
    • n memorial a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
    • n memorial a recognition of meritorious service
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The Land of Memory The Land of Memory

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seniors who drink a cup of coffee before a memory test score higher than those who drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee
    • Memorial A memorandum; a record.
    • Memorial (Diplomacy) A species of informal state paper, much used in negotiation.
    • Memorial A written representation of facts, addressed to the government, or to some branch of it, or to a society, etc., -- often accompanied with a petition.
    • Memorial Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event; something which serves to keep something else in remembrance; a monument. "Churches have names; some as memorials of peace, some of wisdom, some in memory of the Trinity itself."
    • Memorial Contained in memory; as, a memorial possession.
    • Memorial Memory; remembrance. "Precious is the memorial of the just."
    • Memorial Mnemonic; assisting the memory. "This succession of Aspirate, Soft, and Hard, may be expressed by the memorial word ASH."
    • Memorial Serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative; as, a memorial building. "There high in air, memorial of my name,
      Fix the smooth oar, and bid me live to fame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
    • memorial Preservative of memory; serving for commemoration: as, a memorial tablet; a memorial window in a church.
    • memorial Contained in one's memory; within the memory of man: opposed to immemorial.
    • n memorial That which preserves the memory of something; anything designed or adapted to serve as a reminder of a person, an event, or a fact or facts of any kind belonging to past time, as a record, a monument, an inscription, a custom, a periodical observance, etc.: as, the “Memorial of St. Helena,” a book by Las Cases; the Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford.
    • n memorial In law: A short note or abstract, intended for registry, exhibiting the particulars of a deed, etc.
    • n memorial In Scots law, a statement of facts bearing upon a particular point, doubtful or disputed, in order to obtain counsel's opinion upon that point; a statement of facts or points in dispute for the use or advice of counsel; a brief.
    • n memorial A written representation of facts made to a legislative or other body as the ground of a petition, or a representation of facts accompanied with a petition.
    • n memorial In diplomacy, one of a class of informal state papers much used in negotiations, embracing such documents as circulars sent to foreign agents, answers to the communications of ambassadors, and notes to foreign cabinets and ambassadors.
    • n memorial Memory; remembrance; that which is remembered (about a person or thing).
    • n memorial Eccles. See commemoration, 2 . Synonyms 1. Memorial, Monument, Memento, Souvenir, and Memorandum agree in meaning that which puts one in mind or helps one to remember; all but memorandum are especially means of keeping a revered or endeared person, place, etc., in memory. A memorandum is simply a note made in order to prevent the forgetting of something important, especially something which might easily slip from the mind Memento and souvenir differ very slightly, souvenir being a somewhat more elevated word: we give a book or a lock of hair as a memento; we prize a faded flower as a souvenir of a visit to Mount Vernon with friends now separated from us. Memorial and monument are sometimes the same: as, the Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford is essentially a monument. A monument is often a single shaft or column, as the Washington monument; a memorial may be a commemorative structure, an illuminated window, a book, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Electrical stimulation of certain areas of the brain has been proven to revive long-lost memories.
    • Memorial bringing to memory: contained in memory
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  • William J. Durant
    “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.”
  • Aeschylus
    “Memory is the mother of all wisdom.”
  • Aristotle
    “Memory is the scribe of the soul.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Sweet is the memory of past troubles.”
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “It is surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.”


Jog my memory - If you jog someone's memory, you say words that will help someone trying to remember a thought, event, word, phrase, experience, etc.
Memory like a sieve - If somebody can't retain things for long in his or her memory and quickly forgets, he or she has a memory like a sieve. A sieve has lots of tiny holes in it to let liquids out while keeping the solids inside.
Memory like an elephant - 'An elephant never forgets' is a saying, so if a person has a memory like an elephant, he or she has a very good memory indeed.
Stroll down memory lane - If you take a stroll down memory lane, you talk about the past or revisit places that were important to you in the past. (You can also 'take a trip down memory lane'.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mémorial, L. memorialis, fr. memoria,. See Memory


In literature:

There is now a memorial window to his memory in Westminster Abbey.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
The name of this island recalled the memory of a year he had spent there long ago in his youth.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Even the memorials of ancient days, out of old graves and turf-moors, have appeared at this general meeting.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Thank God Heine was a Jew, though even so there are rumours that a London memorial to him is to be removed.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
Dead memories peer through the windows of my tower.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Asher's first memory of Virginia was when she bent over him, fighting the fever in a prison hospital.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
One eager glance around, and the whole seemed photographed into her memory.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It would be unjust to Wycherley's memory not to mention here the only good action, as far as we know, of his whole life.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Tilford has another memory of green old age.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
She fixed her eyes on his face, as though to watch his effort of memory.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

Thy mortal sweetness, smitten
To scourge our souls for sin,
Is on our memory written,
And treasured deep therein;
"Epitaph In The Churchyard Of Herne, Kent" by John Moultrie
Is it because the windflower apes
The beauty that was once her brow,
That the white memory of it shapes
The April now?
"A Niello" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ellen, my heart is not yet thine,
And still I can but sigh,
Whene'er I view thy semblance shine
In Memory's mirror nigh.
"Ellen" by James Avis Bartley
The Soul, like Earth, hath silences
Which speak not, yet are heard--
The voices mute of memories
Are louder than a word.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
The moon, alone,
Taunts me from the heavens
With memories of you;
Should you feel the same, then
Our hearts would be as one
"The moon, alone" by Saigyo
Who, then, was Cestius,
And what is he to me? -
Amid thick thoughts and memories multitudinous
One thought alone brings he.
"Rome: At the Pyramid Of Cestius. (Near The Graves Of Shelley & Keats)" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The public is invited to attend the annual Sky-View Memorial Day Service in memory and support of all veterans.
Picking up on this theme,HarvardUniversityresearchers studied 90 people, age 60 or older, and found he could change their memory task performance by manipulating their beliefs about their memory skills.
US memory chipmaker Micron Technology Inc has predicted the global memory industry would become less volatile on the back of landscape consolidation and slowing technological migration, a company executive said yesterday.
Micron Technology said Monday it is acquiring fellow memory chip maker Elpida Memory, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, in a $2.5 billion deal.
(AP Photo/Ted S Warren A poster in memory of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, is shown at the memorial to victims of the Aurora, Colo.
That means locating other memorials and monuments of historical significance to place in the memorial garden.
Memory Lane presents Musical Memories with a Du-wop Beat is sponsoring a 'Dining to Donate' event to benefit Multiple Sclerosis on Friday and Saturday, Nov 16 and 17.
Some of the wooden benches from old Memorial Stadium were installed in new Memorial Stadium.
A Texas A and M neuroscience professor who has recently resumed studying memory says multi-tasking can hurt your memory.
Thomaston Ford New & Used Car Dealership in Thomaston, GA. Dozier Memorials Granite & Bronze Memorials in Atlanta & Columbus GA.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Mr Nipple 's memory to the American Cancer Society, 324 S Logan Blvd, Suite B, Burnham, PA 17009.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial graveside service will be held at 11 am Saturday, Dec 1 at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee.
Her sentiments echoed those around the nation, where 9/11 observances were scaled back, although memory of the day is forever seared into the memory of all who experienced it, whether up close, or via television.
VFW Post 3061 will host a Memorial Day observance in Vermillion on Monday, May 28 at 10 am The ceremony will be held at the Clay County Veterans Memorial at the Clay County Courthouse.
The memory of my first Thanksgiving in Naples in 1952 remains vivid, and it give me great pleasure to share these memories with my readers.— Doris Reynolds.

In science:

We propose a simple model of recognition, short-term memory, longterm memory and learning.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
While the precise nature of how these memory systems are composed and interact is still an open research question, the qualitative distinction is the basis for most memory research.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
While the precise nature of how these 2 memory systems are composed and interact is still an open research question, the qualitative distinction is the basis for most memory research.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
This research also suggests that given more time for perception and working memory encoding, older adults can perform as well as younger adults in terms of accuracy in perception and working memory.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
It also makes associations between your newly acquired memory and previously stored memories.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex