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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archivesnoun

    collection of records especially about an institution

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Archivesnoun

    without a singular. The places where records or ancient writings are kept. It is perhaps sometimes used for the writings themselves.

    Etymology: archiva, Lat.

    Though we think our words vanish with the breath that utters them, yet they become records in God’s court, and are laid up in his archives, as witnesses either for or against us. Government of the Tongue, § 1.

    I shall now only look a little into the Mosaick archives, to observe what they furnish us with upon this subject. John Woodward.


  1. archives

    An archive is an accumulation of historical records or materials – in any medium – or the physical facility in which they are located.Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of that person or organization. Professional archivists and historians generally understand archives to be records that have been naturally and necessarily generated as a product of regular legal, commercial, administrative, or social activities. They have been metaphorically defined as "the secretions of an organism", and are distinguished from documents that have been consciously written or created to communicate a particular message to posterity. In general, archives consist of records that have been selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value. Archival records are normally unpublished and almost always unique, unlike books or magazines of which many identical copies may exist. This means that archives are quite distinct from libraries with regard to their functions and organization, although archival collections can often be found within library buildings.A person who works in archives is called an archivist. The study and practice of organizing, preserving, and providing access to information and materials in archives is called archival science. The physical place of storage can be referred to as an archive (more usual in the United Kingdom), an archives (more usual in the United States), or a repository.The computing use of the term "archive" should not be confused with the record-keeping meaning of the term.


  1. archives

    Archives are a collection of records or documents, including materials such as manuscripts, books, photographs, audiovisual materials, or electronic records, that have been accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime. These records are preserved for their historical or informational value and serve as a source of reference. They are typically organized systematically and are managed and maintained by a designated institution or authority.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archives

    of Archive


  1. Archives

    Archives is a compilation album by Darkest Hour, released on October 3, 2006 through A-F Records. The disc includes tracks from the band's first two independent EPs, 1996's The Misanthrope and 1999's The Prophecy Fulfilled. The audio for this release was re-mastered from the original master tapes. Unlike the band's more recent material, the following early work of Darkest Hour is much more hardcore orientated metalcore.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Archives

    ärk′īvz, n. the place in which government records are kept: (pl.) public records—also figuratively in both senses.—adj. Arch′ival, pertaining to, or contained in, archives or records.—n. Arch′ivist, a keeper of archives or records. [Fr.—Gr. archeion, magisterial residence—archē, government.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of archives in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of archives in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of archives in a Sentence

  1. Shawn Miller/Library of Congress photographer:

    Bringing these stories here into our nations archives is my lifes highest honor, every family that I have sat with has shared a fear that their loved one and their sacrifice will be forgotten forever.

  2. Nick Pacilio:

    Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.

  3. Howard Hochhauser:

    These records are also deeply personal for me, because of Arolsen Archives and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I was able to unlock a story about my own grandmothers experiences as a Holocaust survivor in Germany.

  4. Allen Coon:

    The flag will be preserved in the University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and staff calling for its removal. they didn't announce anything. They did it early this morning.

  5. Maya Hoole:

    However, the reconstruction of Ava brings a sense of humanity to a story which can often appear as an abstract mass of bones, genes and artefacts. what I think is especially important about our research and our findings is that it demonstrates how much we can learn from existing archaeological material that we already have in our archives and our museums.

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