- 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- archives, a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.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.
- 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.
Origin of archive
Examples from the Web for archives
Last year, the Home Office said the dossier had mysteriously disappeared from the archives.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
These posts are still available in archives that are only viewable to privileged members of the forum.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
And, as a result, an interesting and important text has burst out of the archives and into public consciousness.Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy?
November 12, 2014
But it continues to astound me that there are troves of archives that have not been looked at.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
Filed away within the annals of the New York Historical Society, it escaped the notice of those who oversaw the archives.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
In the middle of the court is the donjon, which contains the archives and the treasure.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
A deed once deposited in the archives of the Notary is sacred.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
His papers and diaries are in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
Miss Wright, however, did not use the documents found in other archives.
Archives and documents are searched for details about his life and works.Rembrandt
- 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
Word Origin and History for archives
c.1600, from French archif (16c.), from Late Latin archivum (singular), from Greek ta arkheia "public records," plural of arkheion "town hall," from arkhe "government," literally "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).
1819 (implied in archived), from archives. Related: Archiving.