Definitions for FILEfɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

filefaɪl(n.; v.)filed, fil•ing.

  1. (n.)a container in which papers, letters, etc., are arranged in convenient order.

  2. a collection of papers, records, etc., arranged in convenient order.

  3. a collection of related computer data or program records stored by name.

    Category: Computers

  4. a line of persons or things arranged one behind another

    Ref: (disting. from rank 1 ).

  5. a list or roll.

  6. one of the vertical lines of squares on a chessboard.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  7. (v.t.)to place in a file.

  8. to arrange (papers, records, etc.) in convenient order for storage or reference.

  9. to transmit (a news story), as by wire.

    Category: Journalism

  10. to initiate (legal proceedings).

    Category: Law

  11. (v.i.)to march in a file or line, one after another.

  12. to make application:

    to file for a job.

Idioms for file:

  1. on file,filed for easy retrieval.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of file:

1425–75; late ME < MF filer to string documents on a thread or wire, OF: to wind or spin thread 蠐 L fīlum thread, string


filefaɪl(n.; v.)filed, fil•ing.

  1. (n.)a metal tool, esp. of steel, having rough surfaces for reducing or smoothing metal, wood, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. Ref: nail file.

  3. (v.t.)to reduce, smooth, or remove with or as if with a file.

Origin of file:

bef. 900; ME; OE fīl, fēol, c. OS fīla, OHG fī(ha)la


file*faɪl(v.t.)filed, fil•ing.

  1. to defile; corrupt.

* Archaic..

Origin of file:

bef. 1000; ME; OE fȳlan to befoul, defile, der. of fūlfoul

fi•léfɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ(n.)

  1. a powder made from the ground leaves of the sassafras tree, used as a thickener and flavoring, esp. in Creole soups and gumbos.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of filé:

1800–10, Amer.; < LaF; lit., twisted, ropy, stringy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. file, data file(noun)

    a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together

  2. file, single file, Indian file(noun)

    a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other

  3. file, file cabinet, filing cabinet(noun)

    office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order

  4. file(verb)

    a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal

  5. file, register(verb)

    record in a public office or in a court of law

    "file for divorce"; "file a complaint"

  6. file(verb)

    smooth with a file

    "file one's fingernails"

  7. file(verb)

    proceed in line

    "The students filed into the classroom"

  8. charge, lodge, file(verb)

    file a formal charge against

    "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"

  9. file, file away(verb)

    place in a container for keeping records

    "File these bills, please"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. file(noun)ɪl

    a collection of information, documents, etc.

    confidential files; We keep a file on every child in the school.

  2. fileɪl

    a container for a collection of information, documents, etc.

    She took two files out of the drawer.

  3. fileɪl

    a named place on a computer for storing information

    to create/delete a file

  4. fileɪl

    a tool for making sth smooth

    a nail file

  5. file(verb)ɪl

    to put a document into the correct place in a file

    File the documents in alphabetical order.

  6. fileɪl

    to officially state your intention to go to court

    to file a lawsuit

  7. fileɪl

    to rub with a file to make smooth

    She filed her nails.

  8. fileɪl

    to walk somewhere in a line

    The players filed into the arena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. File(noun)

    an orderly succession; a line; a row

  2. File(noun)

    a row of soldiers ranged one behind another; -- in contradistinction to rank, which designates a row of soldiers standing abreast; a number consisting the depth of a body of troops, which, in the ordinary modern formation, consists of two men, the battalion standing two deep, or in two ranks

  3. File(noun)

    an orderly collection of papers, arranged in sequence or classified for preservation and reference; as, files of letters or of newspapers; this mail brings English files to the 15th instant

  4. File(noun)

    the line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order

  5. File(noun)

    a roll or list

  6. File(noun)

    course of thought; thread of narration

  7. File(verb)

    to set in order; to arrange, or lay away, esp. as papers in a methodical manner for preservation and reverence; to place on file; to insert in its proper place in an arranged body of papers

  8. File(verb)

    to bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill

  9. File(verb)

    to put upon the files or among the records of a court; to note on (a paper) the fact date of its reception in court

  10. File(verb)

    to march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off

  11. File(noun)

    a steel instrument, having cutting ridges or teeth, made by indentation with a chisel, used for abrading or smoothing other substances, as metals, wood, etc

  12. File(noun)

    anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively

  13. File(noun)

    a shrewd or artful person

  14. File(verb)

    to rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth

  15. File(verb)

    to smooth or polish as with a file

  16. File(verb)

    to make foul; to defile


  1. File

    A file is a metalworking, woodworking and plastic working tool used to cut fine amounts of material from a workpiece. It most commonly refers to the hand tool style, which takes the form of a steel bar with a case hardened surface and a series of sharp, parallel teeth. Most files have a narrow, pointed tang at one end to which a handle can be fitted. A similar tool is the rasp. This is an older form, with simpler teeth. As they have larger clearance between teeth, these are usually used on softer, non-metallic materials. Related tools have been developed with abrasive surfaces, such as diamond abrasives or silicon carbide. Because of their similar form and function, these have also been termed 'files'.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1918

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1526

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Nouns Frequency: #555

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Verbs Frequency: #872

Anagrams of FILE

  1. Lief

  2. Life

Translations for FILE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a folder, loose-leaf book etc to hold papers.

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