What does file name extension mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term file name extension:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extension, filename extension, file name extension(noun)

    a string of characters beginning with a period and followed by one or more letters; the optional second part of a PC computer filename

    "most applications provide extensions for the files they create"; "most BASIC files use the filename extension .BAS"


  1. file name extension

    A filename extension, file name extension or file extension is a suffix to the name of a computer file (e.g., .txt, .docx, .md). The extension indicates a characteristic of the file contents or its intended use. A filename extension is typically delimited from the rest of the filename with a full stop (period), but in some systems it is separated with spaces. Other extension formats include dashes and/or underscores on early versions of Linux and some versions of IBM AIX.Some file systems implement filename extensions as a feature of the file system itself and may limit the length and format of the extension, while others treat filename extensions as part of the filename without special distinction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of file name extension in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of file name extension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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