Memory that can be both read and written to and that can randomly access any one location during normal operation. RAM is the type of memory the system uses to store the instructions of programs currently being run.
Electronic memory circuits in a computer that may be both read from and written to, and which lose the data they contain whenever electricity is turned off to the computer. Sometimes referred to as volatile memory.
Another name for the computer's main working memory, where program instructions and data are stored to be easily accessed by the central processing unit through the processor's high-speed data bus. When a computer is turned off, all data in RAM is lost.