- The definition of a file is a container into which important papers are arranged so they are easy to find in the future.
An example of a file is a cabinet with drawers and folders for papers.
- To file is defined as to start the process of a legal action, to register or to put something on public record.
An example of to file is a husband submitting the paperwork to the court to start the process of divorcing his wife.
- File means to put important papers away in an orderly way.
An example of to file is arranging papers in a cabinet in alphabetical order.
file definition by Webster's New World
- to arrange (papers, etc.) in order for future reference
- to put (a paper, etc.) in its proper place or order
- ☆ to dispatch (a news story) to a newspaper, news agency, etc.
- to register (an application, etc.)
- to put (a legal document) on public record
- to initiate (a divorce suit or other legal action)
Origin: Middle English filen ; from Old French filer, to string documents on thread, origin, originally , to spin thread ; from Late Latin filare, to spin ; from Classical Latin filum, thread ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwhislo- from source Lithuanian gýsla, sinew
- to move in a line: to file out of a building
- ☆ to register oneself as a candidate (for a political office)
- to make application (for divorce proceedings, etc.)
- a container, as a folder, cabinet, etc., for keeping papers in order
- an orderly arrangement of papers, cards, etc., as for reference
- a line of persons or things situated one behind another
- any of the rows of squares on a chessboard extending from one player's end to the other
- Comput. a collection of data (or, often, of logically related records) stored and dealt with as a single, named unit
Origin: filesenses , , & < the v.; & < Fr file < L filum
- a steel tool with a rough, ridged surface for smoothing, grinding down, or cutting through something
- Brit., Slang a crafty rascal
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English feol (Mercian fil), akin to German feile ; from Dutch vijl, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form peik-, variant, variety of an unverified form peig-, to scratch, prick from source paint
file definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A container, such as a cabinet or folder, for keeping papers in order.
- A collection of papers or published materials kept or arranged in convenient order.
- Computer Science A collection of related data or program records stored as a unit with a single name.
- a. A line of persons, animals, or things positioned one behind the other.b. A line of troops or military vehicles so positioned.
- Games Any of the rows of squares that run forward and backward between players on a playing board in chess or checkers.
- Archaic A list or roll.
- To put or keep (papers, for example) in useful order for storage or reference.
- To enter (a legal document) on public official record.
- To send or submit (copy) to a newspaper.
- To carry out the first stage of (a lawsuit, for example): filed charges against my associate.
- To march or walk in a line.
- To put items in a file.
- To make application; apply: filed for a job with the state; file for a divorce.
- To enter one's name in a political contest: filed for Congress.
Origin: From Middle English filen, to put documents on file, from Old French filer, to spin thread, to put documents on a thread, from Late Latin fīlāre, to spin, draw out in a long line, from Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of several hardened steel tools with cutting ridges for forming, smoothing, or reducing especially metallic surfaces.
- A nail file.
- Chiefly British A crafty or artful person.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fīl; see peig- in Indo-European roots.
left to right: double-cut flat file, single-cut round file, and single-cut half-round file
transitive verb filed filed, fil·ing, files Archaic
Origin: Middle English filen, from Old English fȳlan; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Louisiana French, from French, past participle of filer, to spin thread (from its effect when added to hot liquids), from Old French; see file1.
file - Computer Definition
file - Legal Definition
- A court’s or a lawyer’s record of a case.
- v. The act of submitting a document, generally to a court.
file - Phrases/Idioms
file - Science Definition