memory bank


Definition of memory bank

: a computer device or component in which information is stored to be retrieved as needed often plural But 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 stored Here'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 Everything is soaking up and going in your memory bank. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 The typical computer architecture has a compute section (one or more CPUs or GPUs) and a memory bank. Karl Freund, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Detailing the lowest rock-bottom moments of a life that doesn’t seem to have any way up, Randall mined his own memory bank to carve out the song’s stark imagery. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Dragonman fills us in on the state of a 3-year-old’s memory bank. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 That day and the events that followed remain firmly ensconced in my memory bank, more so than those of 9/11. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Young, spoiled Boston baseball fans have only the 2011 Sox in their memory bank of misery., 9 Aug. 2021 Every person will retain their own memory bank of freeze frames from the year of the pandemic. Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Only one module is used at a time and shortly after the shutdown, engineers attempted to restart the computer using a different memory bank and then again with the original. William Harwood, CBS News, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of memory bank

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Memory bank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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