• A Monkey's Memory
    A Monkey's Memory
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n memory an electronic memory device "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"
    • n memory the power of retaining and recalling past experience "he had a good memory when he was younger"
    • n memory the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered "he can do it from memory","he enjoyed remembering his father"
    • n memory something that is remembered "search as he would, the memory was lost"
    • n memory the area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes "he taught a graduate course on learning and memory"
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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
    • Memory A memorial. "These weeds are memories of those worser hours."
    • Memory 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.""That ever-living man of memory , Henry the Fifth.""The Nonconformists . . . have, as a body, always venerated her [Elizabeth's memory ."
    • Memory The actual and distinct retention and recognition of past ideas in the mind; remembrance; as, in memory of youth; memories of foreign lands.
    • Memory The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events. "Memory is the purveyor of reason."
    • Memory 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.
    • Memory 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill
    • n memory The mental capacity of retaining unconscious traces of conscious impressions or states, and of recalling these traces to consciousness with the attendant perception that they (or their objects) have a certain relation to the past; in a narrower sense, the power of such retention alone, the power or act of recalling being termed recollection. The application of the term is often extended, with more or less of figurativeness, to analogous physical processes.
    • n memory The fact of retaining such mental impressions; remembrance; mental hold on the past; retrospect; recollection.
    • n memory Length of time included in the conscious experience or observation of an individual, a community, or any succession of persons; the period of time during which the acquisition of knowledge is possible.
    • n memory The state of being remembered; continued presence in the minds or thoughts of men; retained or perpetuated knowledge; posterior note or reputation: as, to celebrate the memory of a great event.
    • n memory That which is remembered; anything fixed in or recalled to the mind; a mental impression; a reminiscence: as, pleasant memories of travel.
    • n memory That which brings to mind; a memento or memorial; a remembrancer.
    • n memory Commemoration; perpetuation of the knowledge of anything; a recalling to mind: as, a monument erected in memory of a person.
    • n memory An act or ceremony of remembrance; a service for the dead: same as commemoration, 2 .
    • n memory = Syn. 1-4. Memory, Recollection, Remembrance, Reminiscence. Memory is the general word for the faculty or capacity itself; recollection and remembrance are different kinds of exercise of the faculty; reminiscence, also, is used for the exercise of the faculty, but less commonly, and then it stands for the least energetic use of it, the matter seeming rather to be suggested to the mind. The correctness of the use of memory for that which is remembered has been disputed. The others are freely used for that which is remembered. In either sense, recollection implies more effort, more detail, and more union of objects in wholes, than remembrance. Reminiscence is used chiefly of past events, rarely of thoughts, words, or scenes, while recollection is peculiarly appropriate for the act of recalling mental operations. See remember.
    • n memory Memory as mediated by kinesthetic images in the narrower sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
    • n Memory mem′o-ri the power of retaining and reproducing mental or sensory impressions: a having or keeping in the mind: time within which past things can be remembered: that which is remembered: commemoration: remembrance
    • n Memory that which serves to keep in remembrance: a monument: a note to help the memory: a written statement forming the ground of a petition, laid before a legislative or other body:
    • n Memory (B.) memory
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  • Alexander Smith
    “A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Observation is an old man's memory.”
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    “So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.”
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    “People with good memories seldom remember anything worth remembering.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “In memory everything seems to happen to music.”
  • Agesilaus II
    Agesilaus II
    “If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory.”


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
OE. memorie, OF. memoire, memorie, F. mémoire, L. memoria, fr. memor, mindful; cf. mora, delay. Cf. Demur Martyr Memoir Remember


In literature:

The conclusion is that memory training is specific, that it affects only the kind of memory trained, and related memories.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
A sharp memory was in her mind and it lent fervour to her words.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Memories of happy moments, hours perhaps, memories of perfect days and hopes of new days, new friends, new skies.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
But, if they act upon their memories, they to all intents and purposes believe their memories.
"Hume" by T.H. Huxley
The memory of the romantic life of Goya made him think of his own life.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Death is a change of memories; it is not the destruction of all memory.
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
I curse you by the memory of your father, the memory of a saint and martyr.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Every word uttered by Roland and Felicita was treasured up in her memory and turned over in her mind for days after.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
Thus does it get the material out of which memory, imagination, and thought begin.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Innumerable acts of after kindness had obliterated the impression, or rather covered it with a growth of pleasant memories.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz

In poetry:

O, mortal memory fond!
Slowly she passed away
The curling clouds of day.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Who would know how
When or where?
Only you and the memories
That still linger there.
"Reflections" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
O Time, that cut'st down all,
And scarce leav'st here
Of any men that were;
"His Poetry His Pillar" by Robert Herrick
one more memory
I have just written a word
I am older by a word
by two
by three
by a poem
""one more memory"" by Halina Poswiatowska
'Tis not a memory, Love,
Thoughts of the past,
Fleeting remembrances
Which may not last,--
"Parted" by Sophie Margaret Hensley
Sleep! Cast thy canopy
Over this sleeper's brain,
Dim grow his memory,
When he awake again.
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

Memory games, exercises and other activities can help those caring for seniors share fun experiences while also boosting protection against memory loss.
The family prefers memorials be made to the charity of your choice in Ginny 's memory.
Actor Memorials National Spokesperson Gary Sinise speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010, in Washington.
Memories being the fragile things that they are, it's tempting to forgive director Len Wiseman's mental mistakes in his total reimagining of the SciFi memory trip "Total Recall".
Human Memory, Computer Memory, and Memento .
The annual joint memorial service of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team will be held at 2 pm Sept 30 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, 1 Go for Broke Place in Wailuku.
Popper , 99, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at her daughter's home in Manassas, Va. 00 PM, Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Memorial Health wants to re-establish W.Va. MARIETTA — The Memorial Health System is supporting complaints filed last week with the West Virginia Consumer Advocate at the office of the Insurance Commission, according to a press release from.
Contributions in Schley's memory may be made to: Bill Schley Schoolbook Memorial Fund, c/o Denver Public Schools Foundation, 900 Grant St, Ste 710, Denver, CO 80203.
These customizable Scripture memory cards are the ideal size to accompany NavPress Scripture memory programs.
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In this Sept 6, 2011 file photo, the World Trade Center North Tower memorial pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is seen against the New York City skyline.
Dozier Memorials Granite & Bronze Memorials in Atlanta & Columbus GA. 3 months ago.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to celebrate Mae Spicer 's life be made to Grove Presbyterian Church, PO Box 786 Kenansville, Mae Spicer Memorial.
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In science:

However, the need for shared memory has been completely avoided which translates in a reduction of the number of overhead instructions associated with the memory address calculation when compared to the implicit implementation of the XorShift generator.
Using graphics processing units to generate random numbers
To achieve this result, intermediate results are not written to global memory until the end of the main loop, at which point the state of the RNG is written to memory to ensure that the whole loop is not simply suppressed by optimization during compilation.
Using graphics processing units to generate random numbers
However, if the disorder inherent in the code is taken into account, we demonstrate that the induced localization allows the topological quantum memory to regain a finite critical anyon density, and the memory to remain stable for arbitrarily long times.
Bringing order through disorder: Localization of errors in topological quantum memories
Extreme value theory, ergodic theory, and the boundary between short memory and long memory for stationary stable processes.
Multivariate Operator-Self-Similar Random Fields
Memory Consistency The model assumes a global, single address space, shared memory.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures