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

Examples of memory bank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, Ahsoka does a mostly commendable job of appeasing both ends of the Star Wars fandom spectrum: those with an extensive memory bank on all things Tano, and those grasping the character’s history for the first time. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 23 Aug. 2023 And no doubt, the memory banks for all of them were going full throttle Thursday at West Aurora. Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 For my sister and me, the annual emergence of the holiday Dessert Porch and the constancy of my mother’s desserts created a rich, comforting memory bank of feasting on Southern delicacies, surrounded by family and friends in a happy and secure home — something my mother lost as a young teen. Clorisa Phillips, ajc, 20 Dec. 2022 Cute, feisty and adorably unintelligible, Babu snagged some Sith secrets out of C-3PO's memory banks and stole our heart in the process. 61. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 May 2023 The presentation included details the company did not want a third party to be aware of, which would be contained within the bot's memory banks for a time. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, 2 May 2023 If all this doesn’t trigger memory banks, the appearance of an old company adversary, Kittridge (Henry Czerny), on the passenger manifest should do the trick. Vulture, 14 July 2023 Beyond that, the Stars have only lost Game 7s, and some remain brutal, even deep in the memory banks. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 14 May 2023 The human Quaritch’s DNA and memory bank were basically used to create a clone in Avatar form. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memory bank was in 1952

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“Memory bank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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