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Meaning of ARCHIVE

Pronunciation:  'ârkIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a depository containing historical records and documents
  2. [v]  put into an archive

ARCHIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: archives, file away
 See Also: chancery, collect, deposit, depository, pull in, repository



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ar"chive\, n.; pl. {Archives}. [F. archives, pl., L.
archivum, archium, fr. Gr. ? government house, ? ? archives,
fr. ? the first place, government. See {Archi-}, pref.]
1. pl. The place in which public records or historic
   documents are kept.

         Our words . . . . become records in God's court, and
         are laid up in his archives as witnesses. --Gov. of

2. pl. Public records or documents preserved as evidence of
   facts; as, the archives of a country or family. [Rarely
   used in sing.]

         Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom
         explored press.                       --Lamb.

Syn: Registers; records; chronicles.

Computing Dictionary

1. A single file containing one or (usually) more separate files plus information to allow them to be extracted (separated) by a suitable program.

Archives are usually created for software distribution or backup. tar is a common format for unix archives, and arc or pkzip for ms-dos and microsoft windows.

2. To transfer files to slower, cheaper media (usually magnetic tape) to free the hard disk space they occupied. This is now normally done for long-term storage but in the 1960s, when disk was much more expensive, files were often shuffled regularly between disk and tape.

3. archive site.