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

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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 Sam Stosur: Former runner up tries to fire up the memory banks. Jon Wertheim,, "French Open 2018 Seed Reports," 24 May 2018 Soon, the family will be adding a 4-day excursion to The Hole in the Wall Gang to their memory bank. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "A Girl With Many Good Friends," 8 May 2018 The team recruited students at 24 schools in Italy to build the projects’ memory banks. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "Artificial Intelligence Is Unlocking the Vatican's Secret Archives," 30 Apr. 2018 Mike Perry, who holds a PhD in Computer Science and is a part of the Society for Universal Immortalism, thinks an approximate nine square-mile wide memory bank could likely hold all the data of every person who has ever lived. Zoltan Istvan, Newsweek, "Quantum Archaeology: The Quest to 3D Bioprint Every Dead Person Back to Life," 9 Mar. 2018 Fitzpatrick said playing in national championship games all three seasons are hard to forget, but one regular-season game holds a special place in his memory bank. Michael Casagrande,, "What Alabama's NFL draft picks will miss about college, favorite game they played," 25 Apr. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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