- 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- archives, a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.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
1595–1605; orig., as plural < French archives < Latin archī(v)a < Greek archeîa, orig. plural of archeîon public office, equivalent to arch(ḗ) magistracy, office + -eion suffix of place
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Examples from the Web for archiving
The post was archived by the archive.moe 4chan archiving site.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
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October 17, 2014
Organizations such as Rhizome have been archiving such work even longer and have over 2,000 pieces online.Would You Buy an Internet Website as Art?
June 3, 2014
My version of a 401(k) was archiving content for my Web site, a business strategy that other girls continue to employ.How a Porn Star Retires: Aurora Snow on Life After Porn
June 18, 2013
Whether people will be reading these blogs in the future has to do with a larger question of archiving and the Internet.Interview: ‘Heroines’ Author Kate Zambreno
November 23, 2012
- 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
C17: from Late Latin archīvum, from Greek arkheion repository of official records, from arkhē government
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Word Origin and History for archiving
1819 (implied in archived), from archives. Related: Archiving.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper