memories


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mem·o·ry

(mĕm′ə-rē)
n. pl. mem·o·ries
1. The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience.
2. The act or an instance of remembering; recollection: spent the afternoon lost in memory.
3. All that a person can remember: It hasn't happened in my memory.
4. Something that is remembered: pleasant childhood memories.
5. The fact of being remembered; remembrance: dedicated to their parents' memory.
6. The period of time covered by the remembrance or recollection of a person or group of persons: within the memory of humankind.
7. Computers
a. A circuit or device that stores digital data.
b. Capacity for storing information: two gigabytes of memory.
8. Statistics The set of past events affecting a given event in a stochastic process.
9. The capacity of a material, such as plastic or metal, to return to a previous shape after deformation.
10. Immunology The ability of the immune system to respond faster and more powerfully to subsequent exposure to an antigen.

[Middle English memorie, from Anglo-French, from Latin memoria, from memor, mindful; see (s)mer-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

memoirs

memories
1. 'memoirs'

When someone writes their memoirs, they write a book about people and events that they remember.

He was busy writing his memoirs.
They're making a movie of his war memoirs.
2. 'memories'

You do not use 'memoirs' to refer to things that you remember about the past. The word you use is memories.

My memories of a London childhood are happy ones.
One of my earliest memories is of a total eclipse of the sun.
References in classic literature ?
These molecular changes were transmitted to the cerebral cells of progeny, became, in short, racial memories.
Memories, as mental facts, arise from time to time, but do not, so far as we can see, exist in any shape while they are "latent.
Oh, Father Time, lift with your kindly hands those bitter memories from off our overburdened hearts, for griefs are ever coming to us with the coming hours, and our little strength is only as the day.
I have just one memory of my mother and it is the sweetest of all my memories," said Mrs.
His return to the place of tragedy, and on to the capital where the deserted palace awaits him with its memories, his endless seeking for the soul of his beloved, her discovery by the priest of Tao in that island of P`eng Lai where --
We may long have left the golden road behind, but its memories are the dearest of our eternal possessions; and those who cherish them as such may haply find a pleasure in the pages of this book, whose people are pilgrims on the golden road of youth.
When she mused on the past, she dwelt with pleasure, with tenderness, on the memories of her relations with Levin.
Not all our power is gone - not all our fame - "Not all the magic of our high renown - "Not all the wonder that encircles us - "Not all the mysteries that in us lie - "Not all the memories that hang upon "And cling around about us as a garment, "Clothing us in a robe of more than glory.
From their long slumber, on her side and on mine, those imperishable memories of our past life in Cumberland now awoke, which were one and all alike, the memories of our love.
Whether because he was dying without glory, or because he was sorry to part with life, or because of those memories of a childhood that could not return, or because he was suffering and others were suffering and that man near him was groaning so piteously- he felt like weeping childlike, kindly, and almost happy tears.
This is only a record of broken and apparently unrelated memories, some of them as distinct and sequent as brilliant beads upon a thread, others remote and strange, having the character of crimson dreams with interspaces blank and black--witch-fires glowing still and red in a great desolation.
I say adversaries, for on recalling such proud memories we should avoid the word "enemies," whose hostile sound perpetuates the antagonisms and strife of nations, so irremediable perhaps, so fateful - and also so vain.