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working memory

n.
1. A portion of digital memory reserved for data to be temporarily stored during the running of a program. Also called working storage.
2. The part of the mind that stores and manipulates information in the short term and is responsible for planning and carrying out behavior.
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working memory

n
(Psychology) psychol the current contents of a person's consciousness
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Noun1.working memory - memory for intermediate results that must be held during thinking
remembering, memory - the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered; "he can do it from memory"; "he enjoyed remembering his father"
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