single file


Definition of single file

: a row of persons, animals, or things arranged one behind the other

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single file adverb

Examples of single file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ideally, as the entrants march roughly in single file, the audience is formally introduced to each. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Spielberg gets Los Alamitos Futurity win," 20 Dec. 2020 The sound of stun grenades echoed through downtown as officers marched in a single file line at least 12 across. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "World Series celebration turns ugly in some parts of Los Angeles after Dodgers' victory," 28 Oct. 2020 Participants are asked to keep their vehicles in a single file line throughout the parade. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Upcoming demonstrations in Greater Cincinnati in support of President Donald Trump," 16 Oct. 2020 About a half hour before showtime, at twilight, a road leading to it saw headlights snaking single file, 50 vehicles long. Washington Post, "Drive-ins become the venue of choice as coronavirus takes a toll on film festivals," 16 Oct. 2020 Riding a bicycle to school: Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in single file., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Visitors are still encouraged to hike single file and wear face coverings for coronavirus safety. Chronicle Staff,, "California Wildfires: Live Updates Sept. 2-3," 7 Sep. 2020 On the balmy New Orleans campus, Tulane students walk single file on separated paths, sit one or two seats apart, and shout answers to professors behind the nearly soundproof plexiglass shields. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Forget the 2020 election. Let's talk 2024," 29 Aug. 2020 The group marched to the White House in single file while Paul stayed behind to manage the protest from headquarters. National Geographic, "Arrested and tortured, the Silent Sentinels suffered for suffrage," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of single file

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of single file was in 1609

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27 Dec 2020

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“Single file.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of single file

: a line of people, animals, or things arranged one behind another

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