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Definition of File

File

  1. An orderly succession; a line; a row
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
  5. A roll or list.
  6. Course of thought; thread of narration.
  7. 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.
  8. To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
  9. 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.
  10. To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off.
  11. 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.
  12. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively.
  13. A shrewd or artful person.
  14. To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
  15. To smooth or polish as with a file.
  16. To make foul; to defile.

File Quotations

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.
Doug Larson

Whether it's watching a $4,000 laptop fall off the conveyor belt at airport security, contending with a software conflict that corrupted your file management system, or begging your family to stop opening those virus-carrying 'greeting cards' attached to emails, all computer owners are highly leveraged and highly vulnerable technology investors.
Douglas Rushkoff

Even if you were to fall into extreme financial hardship and file for bankruptcy, you need to understand that your student loan debt will not be discharged in bankruptcy. It is the Velcro of all debts.
Suze Orman

When I was in college my girl got me a job at the doctor's office she was working at. I was a file clerk. No disrespect but I don't think a man can do that job. It takes so much meticulous and precise file-keeping.
J. Cole
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File Translations

file in Afrikaans is tou
file in Danish is fil
file in Dutch is bestand, dossier
file in Finnish is viilata, rivi
file in German is Feile, Kartei, Datei, Briefordner, Reihe
file in Italian is lima, ordinare, deporre, documento
file in Latin is lima
file in Norwegian is arkiv, fil, kartotek
file in Portuguese is fila, lima
file in Spanish is reglamentar, lima, expediente, turno, archivador
file in Swedish is fil, mapp, arkivera, fila
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