n. The knowledge of events, people, places, and other things of the past. An individual's knowledge of the past. A specific recollection of something in the past. ComputingThe portion of a computer used to store information.


Memory4 connotes a computer's internal storage that is directly accessible by the operating system (RAM or ROM), as opposed to hard drives or other data stores.


Samuels 1986 Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past. . . . The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever they Party chooses to make it. [Quoting George Orwell, 1984.]