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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Latin archivum, from Greek archeion 'government building' (in plural, 'official documents'), from arche 'rule, government'

archive

1 noun
     
ar‧chive1 [countable]
1 a place where a large number of historical records are stored, or the records that are stored:
an archive of the writer's unpublished work
2TD technical copies of a computer's files that are stored on a disk or in the computer's memory in a way that uses less space than usual, so that the computer can keep them for a long time
archive adjective:
interesting archive material
archival adjective:
archival footage of the President's visit in 1969
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