Pronunciation: (är'kīv), [key]
—n., v., -chived, -chiv•ing.
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 archives,a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.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.
to place or store in an archive: to vote on archiving the city's historic documents.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.