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 Prints are kept safe in archival quality mats and folders inside slender, black solander boxes — rigid containers that protect prints from fluctuations in humidity and temperature, as well as from excessive light. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the Getty photography vaults: How the museum protects historic prints," 2 Jan. 2020 Throughout the morning, nursing students breeze past each other carrying clipboards, Macbook laptops or folders. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis church is also a clinic for the poor. Now it has even bigger plans.," 12 Dec. 2019 Another video shows the attorney’s client holding a folder of paperwork about his case in a contact visitation room enclosed by glass, looking out at a different guard who also appears to be asleep. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Photo, video of sleeping Cuyahoga County jail guards point to systemic issues in jail, attorneys say," 1 Nov. 2019 Claudia Olivares and her 8-year-old son were looking for binders, crayons and folders at a store. Dallas News, "Trump supporter reportedly with knife, gun briefly detained in El Paso," 8 Aug. 2019 The center’s wish list consists of backpacks for all ages, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, folders and notebooks. Austen Erblat,, "Children’s medical center collecting school supplies for those with special needs," 23 July 2019 However, Oland said, documents or folders created during the earlier period that people continued to add information to recently would have been open to be searched. Liz Bowie,, "A Baltimore County school computer system was open to internal searches," 6 June 2019 User profiles and entire folders full of files went missing in some cases and rolling back the upgrade didn’t restore them. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of mass file deletion," 6 Oct. 2018 As its name suggests, SIP is designed to protect the integrity of the OS by, among other things, protecting certain files and folders from being deleted or modified, except by specific, authorized processes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "No, it wasn’t a virus; it was Chrome that stopped Macs from booting," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of folder

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of folder was in 1552

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14 Jan 2020

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“Folder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce folder (audio)

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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