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 Power Automate Desktop will now be part of the Windows Accessories folder, accessible from the Start menu. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft is testing its own IFTTT clone within Windows," 17 Mar. 2021 The Everywhere folder automatically syncs across all of your devices. Popular Science, "Check out these amazing deals on file storage solutions," 15 Mar. 2021 These are competitions like the World Pizza Games, held annually in Las Vegas, in which international contestants vie to see who can do the fastest dough stretch, who is the fastest pizza box folder and who can stretch dough the farthest. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Minnesota pizza dough thrower is one of the best in the world at 'pizza acrobatics'," 12 Jan. 2021 On Windows, launch Notepad, and then open the hosts file from the Windows/ System32/ drivers/etc folder on your hard drive. David Nield, Wired, "How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done," 11 Oct. 2020 After the meeting is over, these recordings can be found in your documents or downloads folder. Sakshi Udavant,, "How to use Zoom," 1 Apr. 2021 To create a folder, right-click in the playlists sidebar and select Create Folder. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Instantly improve Spotify by organizing your playlists," 7 Mar. 2021 Your readers might want to keep this folder as a backup with photocopies, and the originals in a safe, etc. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: I got a stimulus payment. What was it for?," 2 Mar. 2021 Also part of the deal: A folder with newspaper articles and photographs of the cultural, educational and political leaders who gathered there for cocktail parties in the 1940s and 1950s. oregonlive, "In Portland’s competitive market, compelling backstories help sell houses," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of folder

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“Folder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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