single file


Definition of single file

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from single file

single file adverb

Examples of single file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deportees shuffled to the airplane in single file along the tarmac. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "ICE Air: Shackled deportees, air freshener and cheers. America’s one-way trip out.," 10 Aug. 2019 Then, several children came out in single file, Ms. Warren said. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Migrant Children Are Spending Months ‘Crammed’ in a Temporary Florida Shelter," 26 June 2019 The three men were seen on Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) highway cameras riding the scooters single file on the shoulder of I-94, Milwaukee’s Fox 6 reported. Fox News, "Texan men caught riding dockless scooters down Milkwaukee freeway following GPS instructions," 22 Aug. 2019 The 10 migrants whose numbers had been called filed into a small office to be processed by Mexican officials who led them, single file, onto the border bridge to El Paso. Los Angeles Times, "ACLU sues to stop new policy blocking asylum seekers at U.S.-Mexico border," 16 July 2019 The kids line up, single file, and wait their turn. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "What do city kids do in the summer? Thrive, thanks to the rec center next door," 26 June 2019 In front of her, campers exited their buses in single file Monday. Lauren Fox,, "‘An island just for us’: opening day for summer camp on Long Island," 1 July 2019 The twin turbines of a Dornier 228 cargo plane roar to life as the bulging khaki figures totter single file up through the side door and into the plane’s belly, which is packed with pallets of firefighting equipment that will be dropped with them. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Several people recalled the children walking around town in single file. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'single file.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of single file

1609, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about single file

Statistics for single file

Last Updated

25 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for single file

The first known use of single file was in 1609

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for single file

single file


English Language Learners Definition of single file

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

More from Merriam-Webster on single file

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with single file

Spanish Central: Translation of single file

Comments on single file

What made you want to look up single file? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


concealed or difficult to comprehend

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!