memory bank

noun

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 Stasio
  • The 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

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First Known Use of memory bank

1952


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