memory bank


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 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 As the years go by, the journalist collects more moments, adding them to the memory bank and becoming rich through experience. Indianapolis Star, "A day in the life of Indianapolis: 24 hours through the eyes of IndyStar visual journalists," 23 Oct. 2019 This one firmly sticks in the memory bank for many long-time locals, and for good reason. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver’s biggest October snowstorms," 1 Oct. 2019 The rest of the newcomers are juniors or seniors, with hundreds of college games in their collective memory banks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU opens preseason basketball practice with new faces, old expectations," 26 Sep. 2019 If an unmanageable number of jobs was sent to the processor, certain protected programs would spit their data into a memory bank. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 While live data from Curiosity was coming in just fine, NASA couldn’t access some of the information stored in its memory banks. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Curiosity Rover Is Suffering From a Computer Glitch," 20 Sep. 2018 Sunday's odd ending which included a game-deciding balk called well after play was stopped, is another fascinating moment in the series and it will be filed away in the memory banks of players (and fans). Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "When the Silver Boot is on the line, the weirder and wilder the better," 10 June 2018 The newspaper would be thrown way in the next day’s trash and the only proof of the offending idiotic column would be in the memory banks of few readers. Mike Bianchi,, "Dumbest column I've ever written: Dwight Howard would be greater than LeBron James," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of memory bank

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Memory bank.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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