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 for archive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Archive \Ar"chive\, n.; pl. Archives. [F. archives, pl., L.
     archivum, archium, fr. Gr. ? government house, ? ? archives,
     fr. ? the first place, government. See Archi-, pref.]
     1. pl. The place in which public records or historic
        documents are kept.
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              Our words . . . . become records in God's court, and
              are laid up in his archives as witnesses. --Gov. of
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     2. pl. Public records or documents preserved as evidence of
        facts; as, the archives of a country or family.
        [1913 Webster] [Rarely used in sing.]
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              Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom
              explored press.                       --Lamb.
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     Syn: Registers; records; chronicles.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a depository containing historical records and documents
      v 1: put into an archive [syn: archive, file away]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

     1.  A single file containing one or (usually)
     more separate files plus information to allow them to be
     extracted (separated) by a suitable program.
     Archives are usually created for software distribution or
     backup.  tar is a common format for Unix archives, and
     arc or PKZIP for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.
     2.  To transfer files to slower, cheaper
     media (usually magnetic tape) to free the hard disk space
     they occupied.  This is now normally done for long-term
     storage but in the 1960s, when disk was much more expensive,
     files were often shuffled regularly between disk and tape.
     3.  archive site.

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