- 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.
- architecture parlante,
- archival storage,
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|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These posts are still available in archives that are only viewable to privileged members of the forum.
And, as a result, an interesting and important text has burst out of the archives and into public consciousness.
But it continues to astound me that there are troves of archives that have not been looked at.
Filed away within the annals of the New York Historical Society, it escaped the notice of those who oversaw the archives.
It were to be wished that this hiatus had been supplied from the originals, in the archives of Brussels.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott
Statues were erected to them by public edict, and their works were recorded as matters of state in the archives of the nation.
He worked exclusively from Prussian archives, and history seen exclusively through Prussian spectacles was bound to be one-sided.
No Cabinet will be anxious to draw them from the sepulchre of its archives.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878|C. A. Fyffe
The works which gain praise are deposited in the archives of the princess or emirs.A Popular History of the Art of Music|W. S. B. Mathews
noun (often plural)
Word Origin for archive
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.