archaeo-, archeo-, archae-, arche-, archa-, archi-, -arch
(Greek: original [first in time], beginning, first cause, origin, ancient, primitive, from the beginning; most basic)
2. The equipment of an archer.
An archetypal example is an idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated.
2. Something that served as the model or pattern for other things of the same type.
3. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype.
4. An ideal example of a type; quintessence: "She was an archetype of the successful educator."
5. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
6. Etymology: "Original pattern from which copies are made", from 1545, from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon, "pattern, model"; neuter of the adjective arkhetypos, "first-molded"; from arkhe-, "first" plus typos, "model, type, blow, mark of a blow".
As applied to Jungian psychology in the sense of "pervasive idea" or "image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919.
2. In computer science: a long-term storage area, often on magnetic tape, for backup copies of files or for files that are no longer in active use; a file containing one or more files in compressed format for more efficient storage and transfer: Glenda made sure her data was safely stored in the archives of her computer and on a special backup disk.
3. A repository for stored recollections or information: Someone has said that the archive of a person's mind can hold many memories.
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Ira really enjoyed his summer job because he was working in the government archive department for local history. His job was to archive the collection of newspaper articles about the town.
2. To collect and to store computer files in an archive so they can be found and used when desired or needed: "They archived a collection of news articles about educational issues."
2. A person who is responsible for preserving, organizing, or servicing archival material.
3. Someone who is employed to collect, catalog, and take care of the items in an archive.
2. The science of government.