a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.
place or store (something) in an archive.
1. often files A place or collection that contains records, documents or other material of historical interest: old writings in the municipal archives.
a. A long-term storage area, often on magnetic tape, for backup copies of files or for files that are no longer in active use.
b. A file that contains one or more files in compressed format for more efficient storage and transfer.
3. A repository for stored memories or information: the file of the mind.
tr.v. archived , archiving , archives
1. For place or store in a file.
2. Computers To copy or compress (a file) into a file.
[From French archives , from Latin
( ɑːkaɪv )
n ( often plural )
1. (Library Science & Bibliography) a collection of records of or about an institution, family, etc.
2. (Library Science & Bibliography) a place where such records are kept
3. (Computing) computing the data transferred to a tape, disk or directory for long-term storage instead of frequent use
vb ( tr )
to store (documents, data, etc.) in a file or in another repository
[C17: from the late Latin archīvum, from the Greek arkheion repository of official records, from the arkhē
ar • chive
(ɑr kaɪv) n n., v. -chived, -chiv • ing. n.
1. files, a place where documents and other materials of public or historical importance are kept.
2. Usu., archives. documents and other materials kept there.
3. to keep in or as if it were in a file.
When used in the context of deliberate planning, the directed command will delete the referenced operation plan, the operation plan in concept format and any associated Joint Operation Execution and Planning System Automatic file data processing of your active plan library. All material will be prepared for shipment to the appropriate filing facilities in accordance with the appropriate command directives. See also maintain; to hold back.
a collection of documents, esp. a historical collection of written or printed material, which currently includes audio recordings and visual material.
Examples: files from your old records, 1645; a living archive in that business, 1865; The universities, archives of all the errors of the time, 1878.