1. [syn: archive, file away]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Archive \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.
[1913 Webster] [Rarely used in sing.]
Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom
explored press. --Lamb.
Syn: Registers; records; chronicles.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a depository containing historical records and documents
v 1: put into an archive [syn: archive, file away]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
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.