- The definition of a repository is a place where things are stored for safe keeping, or where there is an ample supply of something, or a person or thing with a lot of information about something.
- A building where weapons are stored is an example of a repository for weapons.
- An area where there are vast amounts of diamonds is an example of a place where there are repositories of diamonds.
- A person who has extensive details on his family's history is an example of a repository of information.
- a box, chest, closet, or room in which things may be placed for safekeeping
- Now Rare a building for exhibiting objects; museum
- a burial vault; sepulcher
- any thing or person thought of as a center of accumulation or storage: a repository of information
- a person to whom something is entrusted or confided; confidant
Origin: L Middle English repositorie from Classical Latin repositorium from repositus, past participle of reponere, to put back from re-, back plush ponere, to place: see position
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noun pl. re·pos·i·to·ries
- A place where things may be put for safekeeping.
- A warehouse.
- A museum.
- A burial vault; a tomb.
- One that contains or is a store of something specified: “Bone marrow is also the repository for some leukemias and lymphomas” (Seth Rolbein).
- One who is entrusted with secrets or confidential information.
repository - Computer Definition
(1) A database of information about applications software that includes author, data elements, inputs, processes, outputs and interrelationships. A repository is used in a CASE or application development system in order to identify objects and business rules for reuse. It may also be designed to integrate third-party CASE products.
(2) A database of digital certificate information. The repository is maintained by the certification authority (CA) and is queried to find out if a certificate is valid, has expired or has been revoked. See CA and PKI.
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