mne·​mon·​ics ni-ˈmä-niks How to pronounce mnemonics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a technique of improving the memory

Examples of mnemonics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mitchell’s third fallacy centers on wishful mnemonics. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2021 People can boost their working memory by using certain mnemonics, or memory tricks. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2011 The take-home is that the terms for each quanta are only mnemonics. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 May 2012 Musculoskeletal mnemonics: differentiating features. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2012 Murphy said many birders use mnemonics to remember a particular sound. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2021 The pictographs act as mnemonics, to help the shaman remember the sequence of events and the meanings of rituals. National Geographic, 31 Aug. 2020 Among other topics, that work reflects on the use of poetic mnemonics as navigational tools. Kyle Smith, National Review, 26 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mnemonics was circa 1721

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“Mnemonics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction
mne·​mon·​ics ni-ˈmän-iks How to pronounce mnemonics (audio)
: a technique of improving the memory
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