file ( files plural & 3rd person present) ( filing present participle) ( filed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A file is a box or a folded piece of heavy paper or plastic in which letters or documents are kept.
He sat behind a table on which were half a dozen files., ...a file of insurance papers.
2 n-count A file is a collection of information about a particular person or thing.
oft N of/on n
We already have files on people's tax details, mortgages and poll tax..., You must record and keep a file of all expenses.
3 verb If you file a document, you put it in the correct file.
They are all filed alphabetically under author. V n
4 n-count In computing, a file is a set of related data that has its own name.
5 verb If you file a formal or legal accusation, complaint, or request, you make it officially.
A number of them have filed formal complaints against the police... V n
I filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery a few months later. V for n
6 verb When someone files a report or a news story, they send or give it to their employer.
Catherine Bond filed that report for the BBC from Nairobi... V n
7 verb When a group of people files somewhere, they walk one behind the other in a line.
Slowly, people filed into the room and sat down. V prep/adv
8 n-count A file is a hand tool which is used for rubbing hard objects to make them smooth, shape them, or cut through them.
9 verb If you file an object, you smooth it, shape it, or cut it with a file.
Manicurists are skilled at shaping and filing nails. V n
rank and file
11 Something that is on file or on someone's files is recorded or kept in a file or in a collection of information.
on file/ on sb's files phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
His fingerprints were on file in Washington..., We'll keep your details on file..., It is one of the most desperate cases on her files.
12 A group of people who are walking or standing in single file are in a line, one behind the other.
single file phrase PHR after v We were walking in single file to the lake.
nail file ( nail files plural ) , nailfile A nail file is a small strip of rough metal or card that you rub across the ends of your nails to shorten them or shape them. n-count
rank and file
Therank and file are the ordinary members of an organization or the ordinary workers in a company, as opposed to its leaders or managers. (JOURNALISM) n-sing usu the N
There was widespread support for him among the rank and file...
scratch file ( scratch files plural ) A scratch file is a temporary computer file which you use as a work area or as a store while a program is operating. (COMPUTING) n-count
zip file ( zip files plural ) A zip file is a computer file containing data that has been compressed. (COMPUTING) n-count
When you download the font it may be in a compressed format, such as a zip file.