file, data file(noun)
a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
file, single file, Indian file(noun)
a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
file, file cabinet, filing cabinet(noun)
office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
record in a public office or in a court of law
"file for divorce"; "file a complaint"
smooth with a file
"file one's fingernails"
proceed in line
"The students filed into the classroom"
charge, lodge, file(verb)
file a formal charge against
"The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
file, file away(verb)
place in a container for keeping records
"File these bills, please"
(computers) a collection of data on a digital recording medium treated as a unit for the purpose of recording, reading, storage, or indexing; -- such a file is typically accessible by computer programs by the use of a file name. The data may be of any type codable digitally, such as simple ASCII-coded text, complex binary-coded data, or an executable program, or may be itself a collection of other files.
Origin: [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. Enfilade, Filament, Fillet.]
an orderly succession; a line; a row
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
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
the line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order
a roll or list
course of thought; thread of narration
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
to bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill
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
to march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off
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
anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively
a shrewd or artful person
to rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth
to smooth or polish as with a file
to make foul; to defile
Origin: [OE. fulen, filen, foulen, AS. flan, fr. fl foul. See Foul, and cf. Defile, v. t.]
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'.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fīl, n. a line or wire on which papers are placed in order: the papers so placed: a roll or list: a line of soldiers ranged behind one another: the number of men forming the depth of a battalion.—v.t. to put upon a file: to arrange in an orderly manner: to put among the records of a court: to bring before a court.—v.i. to march in a file.—n. File′-lead′er.—File off, to wheel off at right angles to the first direction; File with, to rank with, to be equal to.—Single file, Indian file, of men marching one behind another. [Fr. file—L. filum, a thread.]
fīl, n. a steel instrument with sharp-edged furrows for smoothing or rasping metals, &c.: any means adopted to polish a thing, as a literary style: a shrewd, cunning person, a deep fellow: a pickpocket.—v.t. to cut or smooth with, or as with, a file: to polish, improve.—n. File′-cut′ter, a maker of files.—adj. Filed, polished, smooth.—ns. File′-fish, a fish of genus Balistes, the skin granulated like a file; Fil′er, one who files; Fil′ing, a particle rubbed off with a file. [A.S. feól; Ger. feile; Dut. vijl.]
fīl, v.t. (Shak.) to defile, pollute.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Originally a string of soldiers one behind the other, though in the present formation of British troops, the length of the string has been reduced to two.
An old file. A somewhat contemptuous epithet for a deep and cunning, but humorous person.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A line of soldiers drawn up behind each other, in contradistinction to rank, which refers to men standing beside one another. The general term means two soldiers, consisting of the front and rear rank men. To file is to advance to or from any given points by files; as, to file to the front, etc. To file off, or to defile, is to wheel off by files from moving in a spacious front, and march in length. Flank file, is the extreme file on the right or left of a squadron or troop, battalion or company, etc. Indian files, a line of men advancing or retreating from either of the flanks, from the centre or from any proportion of a line in succession to one another.
In heraldry, is the mark of cadency which distinguishes the eldest son in his father’s lifetime. It consists of a horizontal stripe or fillet, with three points depending from it. When the mark of cadency itself is designated a file, its points are called labels.
A specific place for data or a variety of document.
They have both a paper file and computer file where they store information.Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020
A type of software.
The file was from a specific organization who make free software as they wanted to ensure that everyone could afford the software.Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020
A type of tool and product created and defined in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.
A file can be used to plane wood or shape the fingernails.Submitted by MaryC on February 28, 2017
A type of tool and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used to shape a fingernail or toenail.
You can buy a file to shape your fingernails or toenails.Submitted by MaryC on February 28, 2017
What does FILÉ stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FILÉ acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1918
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1526
Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Nouns Frequency: #555
Rank popularity for the word 'FILE' in Verbs Frequency: #872
The numerical value of FILE in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of FILE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of FILE in a Sentence
Don't file papers. Please, just call us.
Distributed file systems are a cruel hoax.
Bad Command or File Name. Good try, though.
The Kelly File. if I resign, I lose my voice.
The alternative would be to file for bankruptcy.
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Translations for FILE
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- مِلَفّ, ملفArabic
- файл, линия, регистрирам, картотекирам, папка, колона, пила, подавам, пиля, запомнямBulgarian
- arxiu, llima, fitxerCatalan, Valencian
- archiv, pilovat, soubor, pořadač, pilníkCzech
- fil, arkivalie, kø, arkivereDanish
- beantragen, archivieren, Akte, Kartei, Reihe, Feile, Antrag stellen, feilen, Datei, File, speichernGerman
- αρχείο, συστοιχία, αρχειοθετώ, ρινίζω, στήλη, σειρά, λίμα, καταθέτω, λιμάρωGreek
- dosiero, vico, fajlilo, fajliEsperanto
- archivo, guardar, fila, lima, gestionar, limar, fichero, archivarSpanish
- esitama, viilima, fail, liin, säilik, toimik, salvestama, arhiivima, kolonn, viilEstonian
- viila, jättää hakemus, tiedosto, linja, tallentaa, nostaa, kansio, jono, arkistoida, jättää, viilata, hakeaFinnish
- fichier, limer, limeFrench
- triemWestern Frisian
- lìomhScottish Gaelic
- reszelő, adatállomány, megreszel, lereszel, fájl, reszelHungarian
- նիշք, խարտոցArmenian
- tölvuskrá, skráIcelandic
- presentare, archivio, fila, lima, limare, archiviare, depositare, intentareItalian
- ファイル, 綴じ込み, 列, 鑢, 保存, 提起, 保管, 申請, やすりを掛ける, やすりJapanese
- 줄, 파일, 쓸다Korean
- byla, :lt:byla, failasLithuanian
- rinda, fails, ierinda, vīle, vīlētLatvian
- поднесува, картотека, строј, еге, архивира, турпија, датотека, струга, податотека, колона, пила, регистрира, досие, низаMacedonian
- jiffajlja, tillima, fajl, arkivju, ringiela, lima, tiffajlja, jillimaMaltese
- archiveren, vijlen, bestand, file, dossier, rij, vijl, ordner, kolonne, opslaan, lijnDutch
- arkivere, arkiv, lagre, fil, inngiNorwegian
- opiłować, plik, opiłowywać, pilnikPolish
- ficheiro, guardar, linha, arquivar, salvar, arquivo, fila, lima, limar, lixa, registrarPortuguese
- fișier, pilăRomanian
- папка, шлифовать, напильник, подпиливать, вереница, пилка, файл, дело, колоннаRussian
- datoteka, turpija, fascikl, турпијаSerbo-Croatian
- datoteka, kolona, pila, pilitiSlovene
- faeleSouthern Sotho
- arkiv, fil, fila, linje, arkivera, köSwedish
- ไฟล์, แฟ้มThai
- dosya, eğe, törpüTurkish
- річ, напилок, пилкаUkrainian
- tệp, cái giũa, tập tin, giũaVietnamese
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