ar·​chi·​val | \ är-ˈkī-vəl How to pronounce archival (audio) \

Definition of archival

: of, relating to, contained in, suitable for, or constituting archives

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Other Words from archival

archivally \ -​və-​lē How to pronounce archivally (audio) \ adverb

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The app includes more than 100 hours of archival footage and audio recording, as well as games that test space history knowledge. Sarah Wu,, "Apollo 11 blasts off (virtually) from JFK Library in Dorchester," 16 July 2019 As a young woman, Tracy has all that in spades, though her intensity in archival footage contrasts with her good-natured warmth in present-day interviews. Katie Walsh,, "‘Maiden’ review: First female team in Whitbread race a feminist and human feat," 11 July 2019 The 17-minute show will re-create the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing with full-motion projection mapping and archival footage. Trisha Ahmed And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "The Washington Monument will blast off in honor of Apollo 11," 9 July 2019 The program draws on resident accounts, archival footage and home movies. Hal Boedeker,, "PBS goes to moon; Orlando comedian hosts ‘Bring the Funny’; ‘Love Island’ debuts," 7 July 2019 This retrospective look will take visitors through the launch sequence in real time through archival TV footage from that day exactly 50 years later. Jeremy Rehm,, "Want to celebrate Apollo 11 achievement? Events around world — and on Florida’s Space Coast — have you covered," 2 July 2019 For our inaugural episode of Inside the Royal Archives, host Omid Scobie takes us behind the gates of Hampton Court Palace, the former home of Henry VIII, for a tour of standout archival baby pieces owned by the British royal family. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Royal Archives: Royal Baby Edition," 21 May 2019 Frey is using that work, coupled with photos and other archival pieces, to guide the restoration now. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens restoration readies Music Room for new season," 16 Mar. 2018 For all the attention paid at the time to the CGI gimmickry used to insert Hanks into archival footage of historical figures, Zemeckis actually got more mileage out of older Hollywood tricks, like fades and match-cuts. Noel Murray,, "Revisiting ‘Forrest Gump’ at 25 — what made it a cultural phenomenon," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of archival was in 1799

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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