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Meaning of FILE

Pronunciation:  fIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
  2. [n]  office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
  3. [n]  a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
  4. [n]  a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
  5. [v]  place in a file
  6. [v]  register in a public office or in a court of law; "file for divorce"; "file a complaint"
  7. [v]  file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
  8. [v]  smooth with a file; "file one's fingernails"
  9. [v]  proceed in file

FILE is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: charge, data file, file away, file cabinet, filing cabinet, Indian file, lodge, register, single file
 See Also: accuse, blunt file, column, computer file, criminate, enter, file in, file out, flat file, haft, hand tool, helve, impeach, incriminate, line, march, mug book, mug file, nailfile, office furniture, process, put down, rasp, rat-tail file, record, record, round file, rub, smooth, smoothen, snake dance, taper file, tickler, tickler file, vertical file, wood file



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \File\ (f[imac]l), n. [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., &
    It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. {Enfilade},
    {Filament}, {Fillet}.]
    1. An orderly succession; a line; a row; as:
       (Mil) 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.
    Note: The number of files in a company describes its width,
          as the number of ranks does its depth; thus, 100 men in
          ``fours deep'' would be spoken of as 25 files in 4
          ranks. --Farrow.
       (b) 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.
       (c) The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers
           are put and kept in order.
                 It is upon a file with the duke's other letters.
       (d) A roll or list. ``A file of all the gentry.'' --Shak.
    2. Course of thought; thread of narration. [Obs.]
             Let me resume the file of my narration. --Sir H.
    {File firing}, the act of firing by file, or each file
       independently of others.
    {File leader}, the soldier at the front of any file, who
       covers and leads those in rear of him.
    {File marching}, the marching of a line two deep, when faced
       to the right or left, so that the front and rear rank
       march side by side. --Brande & C.
    {Indian file}, or {Single file}, a line of men marching one
       behind another; a single row.
    {On file}, preserved in an orderly collection.
    {Rank and file}.
       (a) The body of soldiers constituing the mass of an army,
           including corporals and privates. --Wilhelm.
       (b) Those who constitute the bulk or working members of a
           party, society, etc., in distinction from the leaders.
  2. \File\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. 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.
             I would have my several courses and my dishes well
             filed.                                --Beau. & Fl.
    2. To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting
       proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or
       bill. --Burrill.
    3. (Law) 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 file a paper, on the part of a party, is to place
             it in the official custody of the clerk. To file, on
             the part of the clerk, is to indorse upon the paper
             the date of its reception, and retain it in his
             office, subject to inspection by whomsoever it may
             concern.                              --Burrill.
  3. \File\, v. i. [Cf. F. filer.] (Mil.)
    To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one
    after another; -- generally with off.
    {To file with}, to follow closely, as one soldier after
       another in file; to keep pace.
             My endeavors Have ever come too short of my desires,
             Yet filed with my abilities.          --Shak.
  4. \File\, n. [AS. fe['o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la,
    f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. ??l, Russ.
    pila, and Skr. pi? to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E.
    1. 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.
    Note: A file differs from a rasp in having the furrows made
          by straight cuts of a chisel, either single or crossed,
          while the rasp has coarse, single teeth, raised by the
          pyramidal end of a triangular punch.
    2. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or
             Mock the nice touches of the critic's file.
    3. A shrewd or artful person. [Slang] --Fielding.
             Will is an old file in spite of his smooth face.
    {Bastard file}, {Cross file}, etc. See under {Bastard},
       {Cross}, etc.
    {Cross-cut file}, a file having two sets of teeth crossing
    {File blank}, a steel blank shaped and ground ready for
       cutting to form a file.
    {File cutter}, a maker of files.
    {Second-cut file}, a file having teeth of a grade next finer
       than bastard.
    {Single-cut file}, a file having only one set of parallel
       teeth; a float.
    {Smooth file}, a file having teeth so fine as to make an
       almost smooth surface.
  5. \File\, v. t.
    1. To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with
       a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
    2. To smooth or polish as with a file. --Shak.
             File your tongue to a little more courtesy. --Sir W.
  6. \File\, v. t. [OE. fulen, filen, foulen, AS. f?lan, fr. f?l
    foul. See {Foul}, and cf. {Defile}, v. t.]
    To make foul; to defile. [Obs.]
          All his hairy breast with blood was filed. --Spenser.
          For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind. --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

An element of data storage in a file system.

The history of computing is rich in varied kinds of files and file systems, whether ornate (e.g., macintosh file system for a well-known case) or deficient (e.g., many simple pre-1980s file systems don't allow directories).

However, the prototypical file has these characteristics:

* It is a single sequence of bytes (but consider macintosh resource forks).

* It has a finite length, unlike, e.g. a unix device.

* It is stored in a non-volatile storage medium (but see ramdrive).

* It exists (nominally) in a directory.

* It has a name that it can be referred to by in file operations, possibly in combination with its path.

Additionally, a file system may associate other information with a file, such as permission bits or other file attributes; timestamps for file creation, last revision, and last access; revision numbers (a` la VMS), and other kinds of magic.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are filing away your bills or other important documents means of unfavorable events which will be a source of much anxiety
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: To place a paper in the official custody of the clerk of court/court administrator to enter into the files or records of a case.
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