American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of recollecting past experiences or events.
- n. An experience or event recollected: "Her mind seemed wholly taken up with reminiscences of past gaiety” ( Charlotte Brontë).
- n. A narration of past experiences. Often used in the plural.
- n. An event that brings to mind a similar, former event.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or power of recollecting; recollection; the voluntary exertion of the reproductive faculty of the understanding; the recalling of the past to mind.
- n. That which is recollected or recalled to mind; a relation of what is recollected; a narration of past incidents, events, and characteristics within one's personal knowledge; as, the reminiscences of a quinquagenarian.
- n. In music, a composition which is not intended to be original in its fundamental idea, but only in its manner of treatment. Synonyms Recollection, Remembrance, etc. See
- n. In biology, the retention by a modern organism, during its development, of traces of the effect of past ancestral history.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or power of recalling past experience; the state of being reminiscent; remembrance; memory.
- n. That which is remembered, or recalled to mind; a statement or narration of remembered experience; a recollection.
- n. a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
- n. the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
- From Late Latin reminīscentiae ("remembrances"), from Latin reminīscēns, present active participle of reminīscor ("remember"); see reminiscent. (Wiktionary)
“It was a Maxfield Parrish reminiscence from the Arabian”
“The cover evokes it's science fiction theme better then all the rest of the book covers and is in reminiscence if past science fiction covers.”
“(And, on a happier note, a magic reminiscence from a tournament long ago:)”
“Let me salute you with a reminiscence from a speech to this Empire Club some time ago.”
“It seems as if something akin to what in our own mental experience we call reminiscence or association existed in the workings of nature; for though the organic combinations are so distinct in different climates and countries, they never wholly exclude each other.”
“Lost in reminiscence Mrs. Fisher had forgotten time, and hastened to her bedroom to wash her hands and smoothe her hair.”
“And for the other part of memory, called reminiscence, which is the retrieving of a thing, at present forgot, or but confusedly remembered, by setting the mind to hunt over all its notions, and to ransack every little cell of the brain.”
“Imitation) as the basis of all social morality, in reminiscence of Female”
“Mercedes Higgins was voluble as a Greek, and wandered on in reminiscence.”
“The Skipper caught me at it, I know; but he continued generously unabated in reminiscence.”
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