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mnemonic

[nə′män·ik]
(psychology)
Aiding or pertaining to memory.
A device, such as combinations of letters, pictures, or words, to stimulate recall of the facts they represent.

mnemonic

(programming)
A word or string which is intended to be easier to remember than the thing it stands for. Most often used in "instruction mnemonic" which are so called because they are easier to remember than the binary patterns they stand for. Non-printing ASCII characters also have mnemonics like NAK, ESC, DEL intended to evoke their meaning on certain systems.

mnemonic

Pronounced "ni-mon-ic." A memory aid. In programming, it is a name assigned to a machine function. For example, COM1 is the mnemonic assigned to serial port #1 on a PC. Programming languages are almost entirely mnemonics. For example, in x86 assembly language, CMP is used to represent the "compare" instruction and JE for "jump if equal."

Not Just for High Tech
Mnemonics have been used as verbal tricks to help people remember just about anything. For example "30 days hath September, April, June and November, etc." is a mnemonic rhyme. "Roy G. Biv" spells out the colors of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
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The family have mnemonically established an existential relationship between themselves and the village through their child's name.
Where politics is recovered, it is intimately connected to a semiotics of space--in which space is mnemonically dense.
His physical assumption of blackness may be temporary, but in terms of an experience of the black life that cannot be mnemonically disowned even as the accoutrements of its theatrical illusion can at performance's end be shed, his loss of a simple and exclusive whiteness must be permanent.
The system is neither transparent nor mnemonically organized, so that no resemblance between patterns such as want to do sth and want sb to do sth can be deduced from the codes (Herbst 1996: 329).
6) Any consultation of Rousseau's Reveries du promeneur solitaire, the text that elaborates at length the pleasures of mental abstraction, will turn up the following: reverie is a state of attention that, far from being a concentration and winnowing of consciousness, is actually a dispersal of it--distraction rather than condensation, mnemonically rich and scattered rather than largely forgetful.
I often felt he was treating readers as if they had almost no attention span or were mnemonically challenged.
Gadoffre argues compellingly that this entire transformation was brought about by two extraordinary individuals: the charismatic, mnemonically gifted king himself, and the brilliant, melancholy Guillaume Bude.
The title event of Patches of Fire is a hillside burning with napalm that later comes mnemonically to trigger French's imagination.
With relentlessly brutalizing irony, the rejections and desertions Byron had earlier sought to displace or repress by the foreign tour that became his Pilgrimage - among them, derisive reviews of Hours of Idleness (1807), mnemonically reexperienced abandonment by the beloved Mary Ann Chaworth-Musters, rebuffs by friends at Christmas and by a kinsman in the House of Lords, the deaths of two Harrow classmates, and (of scarcely less moment to Byron) the death of his prized dog Boatswain - seemed to clone themselves in successors all irreversibly final.
Vocal music (VZV) is further complicated by VZVD, VZVF, VZVS, and VZVT which mnemonically stand for Duets, Four-part songs, Solos, and Trios.
The role of rote learning then - as now in Koranic, Talmudic, Vedic, and Buddhist scriptural schools - is to lay a firm foundation for all further education, not solely as "information" but as a series of mnemonically secure inventory "bins" into which additional matter could be stored and thence recovered.
And the echo of the mnemonically compelling iambic pentameter, hard to avoid in complete English sentences, is never really absent from her work.