file

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1file

noun \ˈfī(-ə)l\

Definition of FILE

1
:  a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces especially of metal
2
:  a shrewd or crafty person

Origin of FILE

Middle English, from Old English fēol; akin to Old High German fīla file
First Known Use: before 12th century

2file

transitive verb
filedfil·ing

Definition of FILE

:  to rub, smooth, or cut away with or as if with a file

First Known Use of FILE

13th century

Rhymes with FILE

3file

transitive verb
filedfil·ing

Definition of FILE

chiefly dialect

Origin of FILE

Middle English, from Old English fȳlan, from fūl foul
First Known Use: before 12th century

4file

verb
filedfil·ing

Definition of FILE

transitive verb
1
:  to arrange in order for preservation and reference <file letters>
2
a :  to place among official records as prescribed by law <file a mortgage>
b :  to send (copy) to a newspaper <filed a story>
c :  to return to the office of the clerk of a court without action on the merits
3
:  to initiate (as a legal action) through proper formal procedure <threatened to file charges>
intransitive verb
1
:  to register as a candidate especially in a primary election
2
:  to place items in a file
3
:  to submit documents necessary to initiate a legal proceeding <file for bankruptcy>
fil·er \ˈfī-lər\ noun

Origin of FILE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin filare to string documents on a string or wire, from filum file of documents, literally, thread, from Latin; akin to Armenian ǰil sinew
First Known Use: 15th century

5file

noun

Definition of FILE

1
:  a device (as a folder, case, or cabinet) by means of which papers are kept in order
2
a archaic :  roll, list
b :  a collection of papers or publications usually arranged or classified
c (1) :  a collection of related data records (as for a computer)
(2) :  a complete collection of data (as text or a program) treated by a computer as a unit especially for purposes of input and output
on file
:  in or as if in a file for ready reference

First Known Use of FILE

1525

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

6file

noun

Definition of FILE

2
:  any of the rows of squares that extend across a chessboard from one player's side to the other player's side

Origin of FILE

Middle French, from filer to spin, draw out, from Late Latin filare, from Latin filum
First Known Use: 1598

7file

intransitive verb
filedfiling

Definition of FILE

:  to march or proceed in single file

First Known Use of FILE

1614

fi·lé

noun \fə-ˈlā, (ˌ)fē-ˈlā, ˈfē-(ˌ)lā\

Definition of FILÉ

:  powdered young leaves of sassafras used to thicken soups or stews

Variants of FILÉ

fi·lé also fi·le \fə-ˈlā, (ˌ)fē-ˈlā, ˈfē-(ˌ)lā\

Origin of FILÉ

Louisiana French, from French, past participle of filer to twist, spin
First Known Use: 1806

Rhymes with FILÉ

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file

noun \ˈfī(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FILE

1
: a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces (as of a tooth)
2
: a narrow instrument for shaping fingernails with a fine rough metal or emery surface
file transitive verb, filed fil·ing

file

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In hardware and metalworking, bar- or rod-shaped tool of hardened steel with many small cutting edges raised on its surfaces. Files are used for smoothing or forming objects, especially of metal. A file's cutting or abrading action results from rubbing it, usually by hand, against the workpiece. The single-cut file has rows of parallel teeth cut diagonally across the working surfaces. The double-cut file has rows of teeth crossing each other. Rasp teeth are disconnected and round on top; rasp files are usually very coarse and are used primarily on wood and soft materials.

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