/mem"euh ree/ , n. , pl. memories .
1. the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
2. this faculty as possessed by a particular individual: to have a good memory.
3. the act or fact of retaining and recalling impressions, facts, etc.; remembrance; recollection: to draw from memory.
4. the length of time over which recollection extends: a time within the memory of living persons.
5. a mental impression retained; a recollection: one's earliest memories.
6. the reputation of a person or thing, esp. after death; fame: a ruler of beloved memory.
7. the state or fact of being remembered.
8. a person, thing, event, fact, etc., remembered.
9. commemorative remembrance; commemoration: a monument in memory of Columbus.
10. the ability of certain materials to return to an original shape after deformation.
11. Also called computer memory, storage . Computers.
a. the capacity of a computer to store information subject to recall.
b. the components of the computer in which such information is stored.
12. Rhet. the step in the classical preparation of a speech in which the wording is memorized.
13. Cards. concentration (def. 7).
[ 1275-1325; ME memorie memoria, equiv. to memor mindful, remembering + -ia -Y 3 ]