1 a folder, box, etc., used to keep documents or other items in order
2 the documents, etc., kept in this way
3 documents or information about a specific subject, person, etc.
we have a file on every known thief
5 a line of people in marching formation, one behind another
rank 1 →
6 any of the eight vertical rows of squares on a chessboard
7 (Computing) a named collection of information, in the form of text, programs, graphics, etc., held on a permanent storage device such as a magnetic disk
8 Obsolete a list or catalogue
on file recorded or catalogued for reference, as in a file
10 to place (a document, letter, etc.) in a file
11 tr to put on record, esp. to place (a legal document) on public or official record; register
12 tr to bring (a suit, esp. a divorce suit) in a court of law
13 tr to submit (copy) to a newspaper or news agency
14 intr to march or walk in a file or files
the ants filed down the hill
(C16 (in the sense: string on which documents are hung): from Old French filer, from Medieval Latin filare; see filament)
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