n often pl
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
4 to store (documents, data, etc.) in an archive or other repository (C17: from Late Latin archivum, from Greek arkheion repository of official records, from arkhe government)
n a method of retaining information outside of the internal memory of a computer
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