A reminiscence is a memory, or the act of recovering it. A visit to your old elementary school may flood your brain with reminiscences––things you hadn't thought of in years coming suddenly back.

Many people find that when they travel or have quiet time to think, their brain becomes occupied with reminiscence. You can see how close the word reminiscence is in meaning to the word remember––you might think of the word reminiscence as a remembering.

Definitions of reminiscence
  1. noun
    a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
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    type of:
    something that is remembered
  2. noun
    the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
    synonyms: recall, recollection
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    recall or remembrance
    reconstruction, reconstructive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
    reproduction, reproductive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
    recall after rote memorization
    type of:
    memory, remembering
    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
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