folder definition by Webster's New World
- a person or thing that folds
- a sheet of cardboard or heavy paper folded for holding loose papers, as in a file
- ☆ a circular with one or more folds, each section of which is a separate printed page
folder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that folds or is folded, such as a booklet or pamphlet made of one or more folded sheets of paper.
- A flexible cover folded in the center and used as a holder for loose paper: a file folder; a hanging folder.
folder - Computer Definition
A subdivision of the hard disk for organizing data. Folders contain files as well as other folders (subfolders), and they expand to accommodate content because they are not a fixed, physical entity. Folders create the illusion of compartments, but actually exist as electronic tables of contents. See file. Folders are created by the operating system and applications when they are installed, and users create them for their own purposes. For example, right click on the desktop and select "New Folder." The data created with the application may or may not be stored in separate folders; for example, the Documents and My Documents folders in Windows are often used to store a variety of different types of data (spreadsheets, text documents, etc.). Folders and Directories The folder metaphor was introduced on the Xerox Star in 1981; later popularized on the Mac and Windows. In the earlier Unix and DOS environments, the same organization structure was called a "directory," and subfolders were called "subdirectories." Since the Mac actually became a Unix computer, and the Unix/Linux worlds thrive along with Windows, the terms "folder" and "directory" are used synonymously. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to intersperse the two terms in the same sentence. See files vs. folders, file and Win Folder organization.