Pronunciation: (mem'u-rē),[key] —n., —pl.-ries. 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).