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file

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noun \ˈfī(-ə)l\

Definition of file

  1. 1 :  a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces especially of metal

  2. 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


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file

verb

Definition of file

filedfiling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to rub, smooth, or cut away with or as if with a file



13th Century

First Known Use of file

13th century

Rhymes with file


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file

verb

Definition of file

filedfiling

chiefly dialect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  defile, corrupt



Origin of file

Middle English, from Old English fȳlan, from fūl foul


First Known Use: before 12th century


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file

verb

Definition of file

filedfiling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrange in order for preservation and reference <file letters>

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  to initiate (as a legal action) through proper formal procedure <threatened to file charges>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to register as a candidate especially in a primary election

  7. 2 :  to place items in a file

  8. 3 :  to submit documents necessary to initiate a legal proceeding <file for bankruptcy>

filer play \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


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file

noun

Definition of file

  1. 1 :  a device (as a folder, case, or cabinet) by means of which papers are kept in order

  2. 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
  1. :  in or as if in a file for ready reference



1525

First Known Use of file

1525


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file

noun

Definition of file

  1. 1 :  single file

  2. 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


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file

verb

Definition of file

filedfiling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to march or proceed in single file



1614

First Known Use of file

1614


filé

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

Definition of filé

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



Variants of filé

also file play \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

abbé, affray, agley, airplay, airway, aisleway, all-day, allay, allée, Angers, Anhui, archway, array, ashtray, assay, astray, Augier, away, aweigh, backstay, ballet, base pay, bat ray, beignet, belay, beltway, benday, beret, betray, bewray, bidet, bikeway, birthday, Biscay, Bizet, blasé, bobstay, Bombay, Bossuet, bouchée, bouclé, boule, bouquet, Bourget, bourrée, breezeway, Bouvet, Broadway, buffet, byplay, byway, cachet, café, cahier, Cambay, Cathay, causeway, chaîné, chalet, chambray, chassé, child's play, ciré, cliché, congé, convey, co-pay, Corday, corvée, coudé, coupé, crawlway, crochet, croquet, crossway, cube, curé, cy pres, DA, daresay, D-day, death ray, decay, deejay, defray, delay, dengue, dismay, display, distrait, DJ, donnée, doomsday, doorway, dossier, downplay, dragée, driveway, duvet, Earl Grey, embay, épée, essay, estray, Ewe, fair play, fairway, Feuillet, field day, filet, fillet, fireclay, fishway, flambé, flight pay, floodway, flyway, folkway, footway, foray, force play, forebay, foreplay, forestay, formée, forte, fouetté, foul play, Fouquet, four-way, fourchée, foyer, franglais, frappé, freeway, Friday, frieze, fumet, gainsay, Galway, gamay, gangway, gateway, gelée, give way, glacé, godet, gourmet, Green Bay, greenway, guideway, gunplay, hair spray, halfway, hallway, Hannay, harm's way, hatchway, headway, hearsay, Hebei, Hefei, heyday, highway, hold sway, homestay, hooray, horseplay, Hubei, in play, in re, inlay, inveigh, Islay, issei, jackstay, James Bay, jennet, jeté, Jetway, Jolliet, keyway, Kobe, koine, kouprey, lamé, laneway, lay day, leeway, lifeway, Lomé, Lord's day, lwei, lycée, M-day, maguey, mainstay, make hay, Malay, malgré, man-day, Mande, Manet, manqué, margay, massé, match play, maté, May Day, Medway, melee, meze, midday, midway, Midway, Millay, Millet, mislay, misplay, moiré, Monday, Monet, Mornay, name day, Niamey, nisei, noonday, Norway, nosegay, obey, OK, olé, ombré, one-way, osprey, Otway, outlay, outré, outstay, outweigh, oyez, PA, parfait, parkway, parlay, parquet, partway, passé, pâté, pathway, pavé, payday, pearl gray, per se, pince-nez, pipe clay, piqué, piquet, pith ray, PK, plié, plissé, pommée, Pompeii, portray, prepay, projet, pulque, puree, purvey, quale, Quesnay, raceway, Rahway, railway, rappee, red bay, relay, repay, replay, risqué, roadway, Roget, role-play, ropeway, rosé, rosebay, Roubaix, roué, routeway, runway, sachet, saint's day, Salé, sansei, sashay, sauté, screenplay, scrub jay, seaway, Shark Bay, shar-pei, shipway, short-day, sick bay, sick day, sick pay, sideway, skyway, slideway, slipway, sluiceway, soigné, soiree, someday, someway, soothsay, soufflé, speedway, spillway, squeeze play, stairway, sternway, stingray, straightway, strathspey, stroke play, subway, Sunday, survey, sweet bay, swordplay, tea tray, tempeh, thoughtway, thruway, Thursday, tideway, today, Tokay, tollway, Torbay, touché, toupee, trackway, tramway, Tuesday, Twelfth Day, two-way, unlay, unsay, valet, V-day, veejay, vide, visé, Vouvray, walkway, waylay, Wednesday, weekday, white way, windway, wood ray, wordplay, workday



FILE Defined for Kids

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file

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noun \ˈfīl\

Definition of file for Students

  1. :  a tool with sharp ridges or teeth for smoothing or rubbing down hard substances




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file

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verb

Definition of file for Students

filedfiling

  1. :  to rub, smooth, or cut away with a file <… they succeeded in filing the heavy brass collar from off his neck. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>




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file

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verb

Definition of file for Students

filedfiling

  1. 1 :  to arrange in an orderly way <He filed the cards in alphabetical order.>

  2. 2 :  to enter or record officially <file a claim>




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file

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noun

Definition of file for Students

  1. 1 :  a device (as a folder, case, or cabinet) for storing papers or records in an orderly way

  2. 2 :  a collection of papers or records kept in a file

  3. 3 :  a collection of data treated as a unit by a computer




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file

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noun

Definition of file for Students

  1. :  a row of persons or things arranged one behind the other <Please walk in single file.>




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file

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verb

Definition of file for Students

filedfiling

  1. :  to walk in a row <The entire class filed out of the building.>




Medical Dictionary

file

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noun \ˈfī(ə)l\

Medical Definition of file

  1. 1:  a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces (as of a tooth)

  2. 2:  a narrow instrument for shaping fingernails with a fine rough metal or emery surface

file transitive verb filed; filing



Law Dictionary

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file

verb

Legal Definition of file

filedfiling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to submit (a legal document) to the proper office (as the office of a clerk of court) for keeping on file among the records esp. as a procedural step in a legal transaction or proceeding <filed a tax return> <a financing statement filed with the Secretary of State> <filing a notice of appeal>; also :  record <filed a mortgage in the Registry of Deeds> Editor's note: In nearly all cases, a document is deemed to be filed when it is actually received by the office to which it is directed. A few cases, however, have held that a document is filed upon the mailing of it. b :  to place (as a document) on file among the records of an office esp. by formally receiving and endorsing <a complaint filed by the clerk despite the absence of the filing fee>

  3. 2 :  to return (the documentation in a case) to the records of a clerk of court without any determination of the case; broadly :  to conclude (a case) without a determination on its merits

  4. 3 :  to initiate (a judicial or administrative proceeding) by submitting the proper documents or following proper procedure :  bring <threatened to file charges> <two separate actions were filed by representatives of the estates — J. H. Friedenthal et al.>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to register as a candidate esp. in a primary election

  7. 2 :  to place items in a file




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file

noun

Legal Definition of file

  1. :  a collection of papers or publications usu. arranged or classified; specifically :  the papers that make up the record of a case

on file
  1. :  in or as if in a file for ready reference





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