arc-hive

archive

[ahr-kahyv]
noun
1.
Usually, archives. documents or records relating to the activities, business dealings, etc., of a person, family, corporation, association, community, or nation.
2.
archives, a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.
3.
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.
4.
Digital Technology.
a.
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.
b.
a collection of digital data stored in this way.
c.
a computer file containing one or more compressed files.
d.
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), archived, archiving.
5.
to place or store in an archive: to vote on archiving the city's historic documents.
6.
Digital Technology. to compress (computer files) and store them in a single file.

Origin:
1595–1605; orig., as plural < French archives < Latin archī(v)a < Greek archeîa, orig. plural of archeîon public office, equivalent to arch() magistracy, office + -eion suffix of place

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archive (ˈɑːkaɪv)
 
n
1.  a collection of records of or about an institution, family, etc
2.  a place where such records are kept
3.  computing data transferred to a tape or disk for long-term storage rather than frequent use
 
vb
4.  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]
 
ar'chival
 
adj

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archive
1934, from archives (q.v.).
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