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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 researchers used a coin and selected heads for choral responding and tails for choral responding plus a mnemonic device.
The results of this study have implications for the practice of assessing suicidal clients with mnemonic devices and the general treatment of suicidal clients.
Using mnemonic devices to teach new, complex, abstract material has a long track record of proven learning effectiveness (Hutton, 1987; Iza & Gil, 1995; Male, 1996; Stephens & Dwyer, 1997).
It utilizes the following steps: (1) look for clues, (2) investigate the items, (3) select a mnemonic device using FIRST, (4) transfer the information to a card, and (5) self-test.
For Watson, though, the watch was a memento, a mnemonic device whose chief significance was to serve as a physical link with his unfortunate brother and his beloved father.
In addition, because the company name was often mispronounced, Aflac wanted to create a mnemonic device that would reinforce name awareness and recall.
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In proposing that the Oulipian constraint is a mnemonic device, Consenstein does not really address the question of the readability of the constraint.
I'm concerned average citizens are without a proper mnemonic device to remember the pigment levels of alert under stress.
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Using art as a mnemonic device for a culture's collective memory, these dancers and musicians contributed to the effort to stop the cycle of violence in this world, inviting people to bear witness to beauty in order to remember violence.
We then talked about the colors in white light, and how to remember the order of the colors in the rainbow by using the mnemonic device "ROY G BIV.