- Zeus had many wives, Hera being his number one and his chief nemesis. But he was also married to Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Zeus sired with her the nine muses: Calliope, patron of epic poetry; Terpsichore, goddess of choral dance; Clio, presiding over history; Erato, over lyric and amatory poetry; Euterpe, over music; Melpomene, over tragedy; Polyhmnia, over sacred music; Thalia, over comic and bucolic poetry; and Urania, over astronomy.Mnemosyne came from a distinguished background, the daughter of heaven and earth (Uranus and Gaea). Her godly duty was to protect memory, and through her name has come the word mnemonics, the art of improving one's memory. In Greek, mnemonikos means mindful. The system mnemonics depends on association. A word, a name, a territory—almost anything can be used to stimulate memory. To remember how to distinguish stationery from stationary, for example, one might think of the fact that a letter has two e's and no a's. Therefore, the word for the paper on which letters are written is stationery.
Dictionary of eponyms. Morton S. Freeman. 2013.
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Mnemonics — Mne*mon ics, n. [Gr. ta mnhmonika : cf. F. mn[ e]monique.] The art of memory; a method for improving the memory; a system of precepts and rules intended to assist the memory; artificial memory. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mnemonics — вЂњart of developing memory,вЂќ 1721; see MNEMONIC (Cf. mnemonic); also Cf. ICS (Cf. ics) … Etymology dictionary
mnemonics — [nē män′iks] n. [see MNEMONIC] a technique or system of improving the memory by the use of certain formulas pl.n. such formulas … English World dictionary
Mnemonics — Der Befehlssatz (englisch: instruction set, weshalb in der deutschen Sprache der Begriff Instruktion synonym für Befehl verwendet wird) bezeichnet in der Informatik die Menge der Maschinenbefehle eines Mikroprozessors. Der Umfang des… … Deutsch Wikipedia
mnemonics — noun plural but singular in construction Date: circa 1721 a technique of improving the memory … New Collegiate Dictionary
mnemonics — /ni mon iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the process or technique of improving or developing the memory. Also called mnemotechnics /nee moh tek niks/. [1700 10; see MNEMONIC, ICS] * * * … Universalium
mnemonics — noun /nəˈmɒn.ɪks,nəˈmɑn.ɪks/ The study of techniques for remembering anything more easily … Wiktionary
mnemonics — The art of improving the memory; a system for aiding the memory. [G. mnemonikos, mnemonic, pertaining to memory] * * * mne·mon·ics ni män iks n pl but sing in constr a technique of improving the memory * * * mne·mon·ics (ne monґiks) the… … Medical dictionary
mnemonics — mne monÂ·ics || nÉª mÉ‘nÉªks / É’ n. principles and strategies of memory mneÂ·monÂ·ic || nÉª mÉ‘nÉªk / É’ adj. of or designed to assist the memory n. something that is designed to assist the memory (often referring to a word or group of words… … English contemporary dictionary
mnemonics — plural noun [usu. treated as sing.] the study and development of systems for improving and aiding the memory … English new terms dictionary