Definition of mnemonic in English:

mnemonic

noun

  • A system such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations which assists in remembering something:

    ‘the usual mnemonic for star types is O Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me’
    • ‘The DREAMS mnemonic can help make the diagnosis when it is being considered.’
    • ‘The pocket guideline also features algorithms, tables and a treatment mnemonic.’
    • ‘When performing under divided attention at retrieval, an elaborate mnemonic may be produced at encoding and only partially accessed during retrieval.’
    • ‘The tricolour is portrayed as a mnemonic of the country, which once stood for sacrifice, peace and fertility, and also as a country today fragmented by divisive political and religious forces.’
    • ‘Mike was given a chart that contained the three-step strategy and a mnemonic for SPACE.’
    • ‘Short, succinct, and easy to remember - a mnemonic.’
    • ‘The placement also made seeing the particulars of their relationship - they were perpendicular to each other, for instance - another mnemonic exercise.’
    • ‘It offered a succinct mnemonic for the significance invested in the engraving by Durer.’
    • ‘The NO SPECS mnemonic often is used as a scoring system for severity of eye change.’
    • ‘They group together relevant action and zone modifiers into a single mnemonic.’
    • ‘PEST (standing for political, economic, social, and technological change) roughly defines the scope of what is required but the word PEST is no more than a convenient mnemonic.’
    • ‘Because we sometimes learn and remember best through the use of mnemonics I have created the following mental touchstones.’
    • ‘To facilitate writing a question that will allow the student to seek out best evidence, use the teaching mnemonic PICO.’
    • ‘S.T.O.P. refers to the survival mnemonic for Stop, Think, Observe and Plan.’
    • ‘A potentially helpful mnemonic for giving the diagnosis is ‘THREE’: time, hope, repetition, empathy and education.’
    • ‘Though the four-syllable line is common in t'ai chi mnemonics as well, the pattern is not nearly as regular as in the pa kua verses.’
    • ‘As the CORE mnemonic device shows, it's all up to you.’
    • ‘It also makes a nice mnemonic for the various forms of election counterintelligence and disinformation.’
    • ‘Its database can be searched, browsed, and also enhanced with donations of other suitable mnemonics.’
    • ‘I'll only say that we did have a mnemonic base, and now that we've changed to another combo, we still use a mnemonic.’
    prompt, prompting, cue, nudge
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adjective

  • 1Aiding or designed to aid the memory.

    • ‘To me, this isn't the occasional mnemonic hiccup, it's a cognitive hacking cough.’
    • ‘Many kinds of mnemonic devices are based on this principle, such as the sentence codes you learned as a child to represent the notes of the treble clef or the rhymes that represent spelling rules.’
    • ‘Photographs, for him, are mnemonic fields, but (as they are spatial cuts, not temporally extensive) they are inevitably severed from an immediate context.’
    • ‘They are forms of memory, mnemonic devices that encode the history of and knowledge about particular initiations.’
    • ‘The five ‘R's’ of the model (receive, relate, reflect, refine, and reconstruct) are a mnemonic device to represent the major areas of the experiential learning model.’
    • ‘In fact, we can improve memory with mnemonic devices.’
    • ‘As London like other cities grew, in the eighteenth century into a city of secular institutions as well as churches, the possibilities for different mnemonic relationships proliferated.’
    • ‘This is so because their differences in mnemonic ability put them on a different scale.’
    • ‘When adjusted for differences in overall mnemonic ability, we demonstrate that the relationship between organization and learning remains invariant with normal aging.’
    • ‘In this way it resonates with her own work, thematising and literalising mnemonic fragments and inscriptions - making conscious what has been unconscious or repressed.’
    • ‘Metrical speech not only produces some heightened form of attention that increases mnemonic retention; it also seems to provide innate physical pleasure in both the auditor and orator.’
    • ‘Instructional materials for each strategy include mnemonic charts, graphic organizers, charts for graphing student progress, practice materials, reward certificates, and bulletin board ideas.’
    • ‘That is, attaching a story or other mnemonic device to what is to be recalled improves our memory.’
    • ‘This symbol has a mnemonic function as one of the four injunctions of the Hoa Hao faith is to recognise one's debt to humanity.’
    • ‘But they also derived some very arcane and bizarre mnemonic devices with emblems or symbols that were meant to represent aspects of the Catholic faith.’
    • ‘She showed no evidence of using the mnemonic strategies she had practiced to help her solve the problems.’
    • ‘Long ago, the U.S. Army developed a special mnemonic reporting format for combat information: SALUTE, meaning size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment.’
    • ‘It would appear that the parallel with medieval mnemonic techniques can only partially be justified.’
    • ‘In other words, abstract, objective, and analytical thought reflects a literate society, and concrete, formulaic, and mnemonic thinking marks an oral culture.’
    • ‘The ‘young kids’ who ‘want to be them’ are provided with a mnemonic template to ensure that the desired identification is further solidified.’
    figurative, representative, illustrative, emblematic, allegorical, parabolic, non-literal, allusive, denotative, connotative, suggestive, mnemonic
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the power of memory.
      • ‘In this work, imagery is presented literally as a backdrop, reinforcing the mnemonic power of the artist's presence rather than representing it.’
      • ‘The second is that the mnemonic power of a life-size naturalistic effigy vivifies the presence of the dead during the second-burial ceremony, enabling mourners to treat the image as if it were alive.’
      • ‘The mnemonic power of poetry - the rhythmic organization of words as an aid to memory - however, is central, if not indispensable, to the transmission of a tradition in an oral society.’
      • ‘Her poems often have a hip-hop feel, emphasizing repetition and the mnemonic power of the spoken word.’
      • ‘I thought, too, of mnemonic devices in memory palaces - but it is the power of language, with all its mysterious associations, that I was advocating.’

Origin

Mid 18th century (as an adjective): via medieval Latin from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful.

Pronunciation

mnemonic

/nɪˈmɒnɪk/