- a small piece, as of metal, scraped off with a file: usually used in pl.
- a document filed as with a court, government agency, etc.
An official document that is filed with a court, government agency, or other legal or political institution.
- The act or an instance of using a file.
- A particle or shaving removed by a file: metal filings.
- Present participle of file.
- I think Gerry has been filing her reports.
- They're filing papers for next summer's sheriff 's election.
- A plaintiff must reside in the state one year before filing an application for a divorce.
- 5, sec. i of the state constitution, authorized the initiative and referendum, but twofifths of the entire number of counties must each furnish for initiative petitions signatures amounting in number to 8% of the whole number of votes cast for governor at the election last preceding the filing of the petition; for referendum petitions two-fifths of the counties must each furnish as signers 5% of the legal voters; and any measure referred to the people shall be in full force unless the petition for the referendum be signed by 15% of the legal voters (whose number is that of the total votes cast for governor, &c., as above) of a majority of the whole number of counties, but that in such case the law to be referred shall be inoperative until it is passed at the popular election.
- In most foreign mints the blanks are weighed by the automatic balances before being struck, and those which are too heavy are reduced by filing or planing.