A pile of metal filings.
a small piece, as of metal, scraped off with a file: usually used in pl.
- The act or an instance of using a file.
- A particle or shaving removed by a file: metal filings.
- Present participle of file.
Variant of file
transitive verbfiled, filing
- 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 of fileMiddle 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 of filefilesenses , , & < the v.; & < Fr file < L filum
in line, one behind another
(kept) in or as in a file for reference