[ad_1] noun
  1. Usually archives. documents or records relating to the activities, business dealings, etc., of a person, family, corporation, association, community, or nation.
  2. archives, a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.
  3. any extensive record or collection of data: The encyclopedia is an archive of world history. The experience was sealed in the archive of her memory.
  4. Digital Technology.
    1. a long-term storage device, as a disk or magnetic tape, or a computer directory or folder that contains copies of files for backup or future reference.
    2. a collection of digital data stored in this way.
    3. a computer file containing one or more compressed files.
    4. a collection of information permanently stored on the Internet: The magazine has its entire archive online, from 1923 to the present.

verb (used with object), ar·chived, ar·chiv·ing.

  1. to place or store in an archive: to vote on archiving the city’s historic documents.
  2. Digital Technology. to compress (computer files) and store them in a single file.

noun (often plural)

  1. a collection of records of or about an institution, family, etc
  2. a place where such records are kept
  3. computing data transferred to a tape or disk for long-term storage rather than frequent use

verb (tr)

  1. to store (documents, data, etc) in an archive or other repository

1819 (implied in archived), from archives. Related: Archiving.

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