single file

noun

Definition of single file

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

Other Words from single file

single file adverb

Examples of single file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soumah opened the cell door and told the three hundred migrants to follow him out of the prison, single file, without talking. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2021 But still be educated on road etiquette, such as riding single file when cars are present and not cutting off others. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 Body camera footage of the August 1 incident shows police arriving at the home and telling the men to exit single file with their hands in the air. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 10 Aug. 2021 Of the three days, the longest anyone would have some measure of continuous access was just three hours and 45 minutes, and often not very much elbow room — constitutional rights, in single file. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The patrol walked south on Mott Street in single file, with Madonna in the lead, setting a pace that fell just short of brisk. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Many workers walked hurriedly in a single file along the main road that connects Quartier-Morin with Cap-Haitien, the city where events to honor Moïse were scheduled to start Thursday ahead of Friday's funeral. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Many workers walked hurriedly in a single file along the main road that connects Quartier-Morin with Cap-Haitien, the city where events to honor Moise started Thursday ahead of today's funeral. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2021 Many workers walked hurriedly in a single file along the main road that connects Quartier-Morin with Cap-Haitien, the city where events to honor Moïse were scheduled to start Thursday ahead of Friday’s funeral. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 22 July 2021

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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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28 Dec 2021

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“Single file.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/single%20file. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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single file

noun

English Language Learners Definition of single file

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

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