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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1823 "memorialization," 1857 as "action of committing to memory;" noun of action from memorize (v.).


alt. The act of committing something to memory or memorizing. n. The act of committing something to memory or memorizing.


n. learning so as to be able to remember verbatim; "the actor's memorization of his lines" [syn: memorisation, committal to memory]


Memorization is the process of committing something to memory. mental process undertaken in order to store in memory for later recall items such as experiences, names, appointments, addresses, telephone numbers, lists, stories, poems, pictures, maps, diagrams, facts, music or other visual, auditory, or tactical information.

The scientific study of memory is part of cognitive neuroscience, an interdisciplinary link between cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

Usage examples of "memorization".

There was rote memorization about the Periodic Table of the Elements, levers and inclined planes, green plant photosynthesis, and the difference between anthracite and bituminous coal.

The problems of records and other bureaucratic red tape had been solved by red oxide audio recording tape, with tracks a single molecule in width, and the development of data-retrieval systems so efficient that the memorization of facts became obsolete.

But then strange orders began to issue forth: memorization of Kerouac's On the Road was to be mandatory for high.

Besides having suitable genes, he had been through the Intelligence Corps' unmercifully rigorous courses in linguistics and metalinguistics, semantics and metasemantics, every known trick of concentration and memorization.