noun (plural memories)
- 1The faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information: I’ve a great memory for faces [mass noun]: the brain regions responsible for memoryMore example sentences
- No problem there, I have a terrible memory for names so didn't even remember them five seconds after leaving the room.
- She still has a great memory for all the old Irish songs and poems.
- All creatures do need a memory for basic functioning and survival.
- 1.1The mind regarded as a store of things remembered: he searched his memory frantically for an answerMore example sentences
- Whenever anyone glanced at him he searched his memory frantically to see if he recognised them.
- He searched his memory and suddenly remembered a Sunday evening when he and Cam were seniors at Sacred Heart High School.
- Williams searched his memory, trying to remember what he did in this situation eleven years ago.
- 2Something remembered from the past: one of my earliest memories is of sitting on his knee [mass noun]: the mind can bury all memory of traumatic abuseMore example sentences
- I have no recollection of my past memories, except periodic flashbacks of my previous life.
- What happened during that week was just a bad memory in the past.
- Imagine groggily waking up in a strange house, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, with not a single memory of the past ten hours.
- 2.1 [mass noun] The remembering or commemoration of a dead person: clubs devoted to the memory of Sherlock HolmesMore example sentences
- A candlelit vigil took place in Huyton last night, one week after the alleged assault, to honour the dead teenager's memory.
- The memory of the dead is respected, by visitor and host alike.
- I've instructed all agencies to honor their memory by treating the dead with the dignity and respect they deserve.
- 2.2 [mass noun] The length of time over which a person or event continues to be remembered: the worst slump in recent memoryMore example sentences
- After one of the most hectic holiday seasons in recent memory, many of us have settled in for equally hectic work schedules.
- So here it is: the opening salvo in what looks to be the worst summer-movie season in recent memory.
- But, even in adults, memory for recent events is transient unless it is refreshed by rehearsal.
- 3The part of a computer in which data or program instructions can be stored for retrieval.More example sentences
- During an initialization phase, an access code is stored in a memory of a computer system.
- When the light pulse stops, its information is suspended and stored, just as information is stored in the memory of a computer.
- A reconnaissance satellite, placed into orbit years ago, captures the entire scene in its computer memory.
- 3.1 [mass noun] A computer’s capacity for storing information: the module provides 16Mb of memoryMore example sentences
- There is a virtual hard drive available in the Internet with plenty of memory to store personal information.
- The latest MP3 technology compresses all superfluous parts of a sound signal to reduce the amount of memory needed to store digital information.
- Depending on the level, you will have different amounts of system memory in which to store your subroutines.
- Without reading or referring to notes: each child was required to recite a verse from memoryMore example sentences
- Whether she was quoting from memory or reading from the open book beside the phone, I was impressed by the trouble she had taken.
- Instead, he went to sit next to her at the table, watched her copying down her notes from memory.
- As the verses flowed from memory, he closed his eyes, concentrating on the words and melody.
in memory of
- Intended to honour and remind people of (a dead person): a prayer in memory of the deceasedMore example sentences
- In the cool, marble-floored interior women in saris lit hundreds of small oil lamps in memory of the dead.
- In Westhoughton, young children read out the roll of honour and lit candles in memory of those who died.
- Ceremonies in memory of the dead are held on the seventh and hundredth days after death.
take a trip (or walk) down memory lane
- Indulge in pleasant or sentimental memories.More example sentences
- Mr. Karunakaran took a trip down memory lane, recalling his early days as an ordinary worker of the Indian National Congress, and then as a trade union leader before reaching the higher echelons of power, both in the State and at the Centre.
- Reminiscing about long forgotten names, lost to many in Portlaoise, but not to the Marian Avenue residents, they took a trip down memory lane.
- The old school bell rang once more as the Taugheen Young at Heart group took a trip down memory lane in a ‘Back to School’ special.
Middle English: from Old French memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor 'mindful, remembering'.