• Auger-Bit-File.  Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File.  Three-Square Single-Cut File.  Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File.  Double-Cut File.  Cabinet Wood-Rasp.  File-Card
    Auger-Bit-File. Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File. Three-Square Single-Cut File. Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File. Double-Cut File. Cabinet Wood-Rasp. File-Card
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v file file a formal charge against "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
    • v file place in a container for keeping records "File these bills, please"
    • v file record in a public office or in a court of law "file for divorce","file a complaint"
    • v file smooth with a file "file one's fingernails"
    • v file proceed in line "The students filed into the classroom"
    • n file a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
    • n file office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
    • n file a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
    • n file a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
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The Snake and the File The Snake and the File

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
    • File (computers) a collection of data on a digital recording medium treated as a unit for the purpose of recording, reading, storage, or indexing; -- such a file is typically accessible by computer programs by the use of a file name. The data may be of any type codable digitally, such as simple ASCII-coded text, complex binary-coded data, or an executable program, or may be itself a collection of other files.
    • File A roll or list.
    • File A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; -- in contradistinction to rank, which designates a row of soldiers standing abreast; a number consisting the depth of a body of troops, which, in the ordinary modern formation, consists of two men, the battalion standing two deep, or in two ranks.
    • File A shrewd or artful person. "Will is an old file in spite of his smooth face."
    • File A steel instrument, having cutting ridges or teeth, made by indentation with a chisel, used for abrading or smoothing other substances, as metals, wood, etc.
    • File An orderly collection of papers, arranged in sequence or classified for preservation and reference; as, files of letters or of newspapers; this mail brings English files to the 15th instant.
    • File An orderly succession; a line; a row
    • File Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively. "Mock the nice touches of the critic's file ."
    • File Course of thought; thread of narration. "Let me resume the file of my narration."
    • File The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
    • File To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
    • v. t File To make foul; to defile. "All his hairy breast with blood was filed .""For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind."
    • v. i File (Mil) To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off. "My endeavors
      Have ever come too short of my desires,
      Yet filed with my abilities."
    • File (Law) To put upon the files or among the records of a court; to note on (a paper) the fact date of its reception in court. "To file a paper, on the part of a party, is to place it in the official custody of the clerk. To file , on the part of the clerk, is to indorse upon the paper the date of its reception, and retain it in his office, subject to inspection by whomsoever it may concern."
    • File To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
    • File To set in order; to arrange, or lay away, esp. as papers in a methodical manner for preservation and reverence; to place on file; to insert in its proper place in an arranged body of papers. "I would have my several courses and my dishes well filed ."
    • File To smooth or polish as with a file. "File your tongue to a little more courtesy."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name for Oz in "The Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
    • n file A metal (usually steel) tool, having a rectangular, triangular, round, or irregular section, and either tapering or of uniform width and thickness, covered on one or more of its surfaces with teeth or transverse or oblique ridges, used for abrading, reducing, or smoothing metal, ivory, wood, or other resistant materials. See phrases below.
    • n file Figuratively, any means employed to refine or polish something, as literary style.
    • n file In entomology, a surface covered with fine parallel ridges, on which another surface can be rubbed, producing the sound called stridulation. These organs are found on various parts of the body, as the wings, thorax, and abdomen.
    • n file The rough spines of a sea-urchin, as a cidarid.
    • file To rub or cut with a file, or as if with a file; render smooth, sharp, even, etc., by rubbing with a file; remove with a file: as, to file a saw; to file off a tooth.
    • file Figuratively, to smooth; polish; correct; improve.
    • file To defile; pollute; contaminate; degrade.
    • n file A thread, string, or line; particularly, a line or wire on which papers are strung in due order for preservation and reference.
    • n file The whole number of papers thus arranged; hence, a collection of papers arranged according to date or subject for the sake of ready reference; also, a bundle of papers tied together with the title of each indorsed: as, a file of newspapers; a file of writs.
    • n file A roll, list, or catalogue.
    • n file A docket; a calendar.
    • n file A row of persons or things arranged one behind another; military, a row of soldiers forming a line from front to rear; the number of men constituting the depth of a battalion or squadron. When a battalion is formed in two ranks, a file of soldiers means two men. The front of a file is one man; its depth may be any number of men.
    • n file Regular succession of thought or narration; uniform tenor; thread of discourse.
    • n file One of the lines of squares on a chess-board running directly from player to player: opposed to rank. See chess.
    • n file Same as rank and file. See phrase below.
    • n file In some parts of the United States, a cloth used in cleaning or wiping a floor. Also file-cloth.
    • n file In heraldry, same as label.
    • n file Hence— The general body of any party or society, as distinguished from the leaders.
    • file To place or fasten on a file; fasten, as papers, on a line or wire, for preservation; hence, to arrange in order, or insert in a bundle, as papers; arrange in a given order; classify.
    • file Specifically To place in due manner, as a document, among the records of a court or a public office.
    • file To receive, or receive and indorse, as a document so placed.
    • file To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another.
    • file Vile.
    • n file A wretch; a villain: a vague term of abuse.
    • n file A pickpocket; a thief.
    • n file [See etym.] A hard, cunning person; a shrewd person; a deep or artful man: as, a sly old file.
    • n file An individual soldier.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
    • n File fīl a line or wire on which papers are placed in order: the papers so placed: a roll or list: a line of soldiers ranged behind one another: the number of men forming the depth of a battalion
    • v.t File to put upon a file: to arrange in an orderly manner: to put among the records of a court: to bring before a court
    • v.i File to march in a file
    • n File fīl a steel instrument with sharp-edged furrows for smoothing or rasping metals, &c.: any means adopted to polish a thing, as a literary style: a shrewd, cunning person, a deep fellow: a pickpocket
    • v.t File to cut or smooth with, or as with, a file: to polish, improve
    • v.t File fīl (Shak.) to defile, pollute.
    • ***


  • Aneurin Bevan
    “Poor fellow, he suffers from files.”
  • Rubye Fields
    Rubye Fields
    “Generally, employees who file complaints of discrimination do so as a last resort.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.”
  • Nonnee Coan
    Nonnee Coan
    “Uncle claims that if he files his income tax wrong he'll go to jail, and if he files it right he'll go to the poor house.”


Indian file - If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
Rank and file - The rank and file are the ordinary members of a company, organisation, etc, excluding the managers and directors.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. feól,; akin to D. viji, OHG. fīla, fīhala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. þēl, Russ. pila, and Skr. piç, to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint,


In literature:

It had been filed on and the owner had left before proving-up time so that the claim, shack and all, had reverted to the government.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
You want the BenChaim file again?
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
I will then attach to the cord several small files and a saw of fine temper.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
The invoices, or bills of lumber purchased by the firm, were all carefully filed away.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
The other information comes from installation reports and from the quarters file section and the locator files.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
One player of file A stands in the center of the room facing his file.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
To do this, proceed as follows: file the ferrule for about 2 inches on the tapered end.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
The head player of one file is a fox and the head player of the opposite file the hunter.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Henry was the fourth man in the file.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A body of troops in deep files and narrow front, so disposed as to move in regular succession.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Or when from Ezion-Geber's way
It saw the long procession file,
And heard the Hebrew timbrels play
The music of the lordly Nile;
""The Rock" In El Ghor" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I long to join the saints above,
Who crown'd with glorious bays,
Through radiant files of angels move,
And rival them in praise.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
Yet is He near us, to survey
These bright and ordered files,
Like spring-flowers in their best array,
All silence and all smiles.
"Cathchism" by John Keble
"To Heaven is blown Bridge Lindenau;
Wrecked regiments reel therefrom;
And rank and file in masses plough
The sullen Elster-Strom.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
"But if you would do me pleasure,"
She said with a lovely smile,
"The men whom you've led in battle,
Poor fellows! the rank and file.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
After them, tumultuous rushing,
Mob, and medley, crowd, and crushing;
And the hungry file of priests,
Loosely zoned for larger feasts.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Star-Ledger file photo Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano is shown in this file photo.
FILE- In this Nov 23, 2011, file photo, Jose Mendes sits in line with his daughter Maria Celeste Mendes at an air ticket counter waiting to travel before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Miami International Airport, in Miami.
FILE- In this April 19, 2012, file photo, actor Alan Alda attends a screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Star-Ledger file East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov, center in this file photo, was just one of the N.J.
The Infinity Streamer™ streams multiple HLS video files, plus audio files, from the on board.5 TB drive, with scheduled playlists.
FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct 2, 2004, file photo, Palestinian more.
The arbitration award—originally reported by law360—was one of several documents filed Wednesday by Stroock in the New York action it filed to compel arbitration .
FILE -In this June 17, 2010 file photo, former South African President, Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
PMI Group, which filed a $736 million bankruptcy more than a year ago, said a private investor has expressed interest in a plan to pump cash into the mortgage insurer, according to a regulatory filing.
FILE- In this Tuesday, June 15, 2010, file photo, a group called "Seize BP" holds up an anti-BP sign in front of the White House, in Washington.
FILE ** Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, file image made from video more.
And other risks identified in Baxter 's most recent filing on Form 10-K and other SEC filings, all of which are available on Baxter 's website.
FILE ** In this June 13, 2012, file photo, job seekers more.
FILE- In this Sunday, June 24, 2012, file photo a new Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck is for sale at an auto dealership in Springfield, Ill. Auto companies are betting on a surge in pickup sales now that home building is on the rise.
FILE- In this Monday, Oct 29, 2012, file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker , right, talks during a news conference at the Office of Emergency Management in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, in Newark, N.J.

In science:

First of all, a header and a C++ filename will be generated with the help of the path and the id strings. • With the method Is File() a check is performed, if the header file already exists.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Is File() returns 1, if the given filename already exists.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Is File() checks, whether a specific file already exists.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The Grappa-produced graphics files and log files can be browsed using a GridFTP File Manager Jetspeed portlet.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
We retrieved the Observation Data Files on the web page of the XMM-SOC, and processed them with the SAS 6.0 and the latest calibration files available.
The XMM-Newton observation of GRB 040106 : evidence for an afterglow in a wind environment