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

Examples of archival in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The String Cheese Incident offers an archival performance at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, via cleveland, "Rock for Relief, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Zac Brown Band top this week’s virtual concert lineup," 1 July 2020 This data was combined with other archival data including measurements of the star that went back 20 years. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers find super-Earths orbiting a star 11 light-years away," 25 June 2020 Last year, however, the announcement of a possible black hole in a similar system called LB-1, which caused some debate, prompted Rivinius and his team to reexamine their archival data. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Astronomers May Have Found the Closest Black Hole to Earth," 6 May 2020 Michael Meeropol, Ivy’s father, is a haunting presence in the film, showing up intermittently in archival footage and interviews with his daughter to represent the human toll of Cohn’s earliest power games. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Roy Cohn’s Final Lesson for Trump," 18 June 2020 The directors—Mark Bosco, a Jesuit priest who teaches a course on O’Connor at Georgetown, and Elizabeth Coffman, who teaches film at Loyola University Chicago—draw on a full spread of archival material and documentary effects. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?," 15 June 2020 Lee re-creates the throwback feel of archival footage for the flashback war scenes but thankfully doesn’t de-age the older actors or use younger stand-ins. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Spike Lee's timely war epic 'Da 5 Bloods' finds love and brotherhood amid injustice," 11 June 2020 The film includes archival footage and images, as well as interviews with contemporary writers and scholars. oregonlive, "African American history and experience: Seven movies and documentaries to watch for free," 11 June 2020 By Sunday, the archival NASA video was no longer available to view, Twitter users spotted, because of a copyright claim from National Geographic. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launch footage was taken down thanks to bogus copyright claim," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Archival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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