memory bank

noun

Definition of memory bank

: a computer device or component in which information is stored to be retrieved as needed often pluralBut it turned out the spacecraft's computer had overloaded trying to do two things at once—receive instructions for the flyby while compressing images in its memory banks.— Kenneth Chang often used figuratively especially for the part of the mind in which memories are storedHere's something I pulled up from the memory bank the other day, after cruising the mystery aisles of my neighborhood bookstore …— Marilyn StasioThe same two hormones, it now appears, also prime the brain to take very special note in its memory banks of the circumstance that set off the [fight-or-flight] reaction.— Daniel Goleman

Examples of memory bank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep in mind, the advantage of being a 23-time Grand Slam champion is the memory bank of delivering over and over in moments that can change games, sets and matches. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Serena Williams will be an underdog heading into U.S. Open, and that could actually help her," 27 Aug. 2020 Sports video of the day Thinking a little more about storied numbers in football, the greatest records don't really stick in our collective memory banks. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "With some sports stats, all you need is the number. Do you recognize these iconic sports digits?," 28 May 2020 Chuck in that mauling at the Bernabeu from Ajax last season, and the recent memory bank is full of disheartening images. SI.com, "Galatasaray v Real Madrid: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 22 Oct. 2019 Cowboys fans have probably also erased Prime Time's year in Washington from the memory banks. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady in a Buccaneers jersey? Former Patriots QB joins list of NFL standouts who made odd career stops," 18 Mar. 2020 And the songs, like the Italian songs broadcast from balconies and apartments, were well known, part of the American cultural memory bank. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is Remaking What Performance Can Be," 16 Mar. 2020 Healy is a name to keep in your memory bank going forward. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Week 13 observations: Ohio State gains valuable experience as battle for top seed heats up," 24 Nov. 2019 As a prize is unwrapped, everyone’s eyes latch on to what’s inside to store that gift in their memory bank for later. oregonlive, "Mikayla Pivec’s Oregon State women’s basketball diary: Thanksgiving on the road, extreme couponing habits, what her Beaver teammates are like," 16 Dec. 2019 Cowboys fans have probably also erased Prime Time's year in Washington from the memory banks. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "100 famous NFL players who played for teams you forgot about," 29 Oct. 2019

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Memory bank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memory%20bank. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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