- Usually archives. documents or records relating to the activities, business dealings, etc., of a person, family, corporation, association, community, or nation.
- archives, a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.
- 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.
- Digital Technology.
- 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.
- a collection of digital data stored in this way.
- a computer file containing one or more compressed files.
- 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.
- to place or store in an archive: to vote on archiving the city’s historic documents.
- Digital Technology. to compress (computer files) and store them in a single file.
noun (often plural)
- a collection of records of or about an institution, family, etc
- a place where such records are kept
- computing data transferred to a tape or disk for long-term storage rather than frequent use
- to store (documents, data, etc) in an archive or other repository
1819 (implied in archived), from archives. Related: Archiving.