fold·​er | \ ˈfōl-dər How to pronounce folder (audio) \

Definition of folder

1 : one that folds
2 : a folded printed circular
3a : a folded cover or large envelope for holding or filing loose papers
b : an organizational element of a computer operating system used to group files or other folders together

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Examples of folder in a Sentence

a folder offering tips for heating one's home efficiently
Recent Examples on the Web While there are no radical features here, this Voxnaes desiged frame-lock folder is solid. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "The Best New EDC Knives of 2021," 24 Feb. 2021 For a cleaner look, fold at least a half-inch of wrapping paper under, using your fingernail or a bone folder tool to create a sharp crease. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Wrap a Gift for Christmas and Beyond," 18 Dec. 2020 Again, replacing Whitson with the name of your user folder. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt," 20 Feb. 2021 Leave your folder in a jumble of tools, coins, and junk. Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Pocket Knives I've Ever Owned," 23 Aug. 2019 Our brainstorming paper sat in my work folder for almost a year and half. cleveland, "Tandem bike inspires Avon Lake father, daughter to publish children’s book: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 13 Feb. 2021 Deleting a bunch of 50-MB files here and there isn't going to make nearly as big a difference as cleaning out an 80-GB folder of old TV shows or uninstalling a few games. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "How to Free Up Space on Your Laptop," 7 Feb. 2021 These days, a folder is also less likely to cause you legal problems. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 4 Best Folding Knives Ever," 18 Sep. 2020 In late 2018, California map dealer Barry Lawrence Ruderman purchased a folder of material from Eiffel’s workshop at an auction in Paris. Greg Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, "Recently Discovered Drawings for the Statue of Liberty Hint at a Last-Minute Change," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of folder

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Apr 2021

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“Folder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of folder

: a folded cover or large envelope for holding documents
: a collection of files or documents that are stored together on a computer


fold·​er | \ ˈfōl-dər How to pronounce folder (audio) \

Kids Definition of folder

1 : a folded cover or large envelope for loose papers a manila folder
2 : a folded printed sheet a travel folder
3 : a part of a computer operating system used to organize files

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