Crossword clues for file
- Tab site
- Do a taxing task?
- Cabinet member?
- Put in the archives
- Blacksmith's tool
- ClichГ©d prison contraband item
- Take the edge off
- "___ and Forget" (classic humor piece by James Thurber)
- Menu bar heading
- A line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
- Used for smoothing wood or metal
- Office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
- A set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
- A steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
File \File\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Filed; p. pr. & vb. n. Filing.]
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.
--Beau. & Fl.
To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
(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 \File\ (f[imac]l), n. [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. Enfilade, Filament, Fillet.]
An orderly succession; a line; a row; as:
(Mil.) 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.
Note: The number of files in a company describes its width, as the number of ranks does its depth; thus, 100 men in ``fours deep'' would be spoken of as 25 files in 4 ranks.
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.
The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
It is upon a file with the duke's other letters.
A roll or list. ``A file of all the gentry.''
Course of thought; thread of narration. [Obs.]
Let me resume the file of my narration.
--Sir H. Wotton.
(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 firing, the act of firing by file, or each file independently of others. File leader, the soldier at the front of any file, who covers and leads those in rear of him. File marching, the marching of a line two deep, when faced to the right or left, so that the front and rear rank march side by side. --Brande & C. Indian file, or Single file, a line of people marching one behind another; a single row. Also used adverbially; as, to march Indian file. On file, preserved in an orderly collection; recorded in some database. Rank and file.
The body of soldiers constituting the mass of an army, including corporals and privates.
Those who constitute the bulk or working members of a party, society, etc., in distinction from the leaders.
File \File\, v. i. [Cf. F. filer.] (Mil.) To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off.
To file with, to follow closely, as one soldier after another in file; to keep pace.
Have ever come too short of my desires,
Yet filed with my abilities.
File \File\ (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe['o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.]
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.
Note: A file differs from a rasp in having the furrows made by straight cuts of a chisel, either single or crossed, while the rasp has coarse, single teeth, raised by the pyramidal end of a triangular punch.
Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively.
Mock the nice touches of the critic's file.
A shrewd or artful person. [Slang]
Will is an old file in spite of his smooth face.
Bastard file, Cross file, etc. See under Bastard, Cross, etc.
Cross-cut file, a file having two sets of teeth crossing obliquely.
File blank, a steel blank shaped and ground ready for cutting to form a file.
File cutter, a maker of files.
Second-cut file, a file having teeth of a grade next finer than bastard.
Single-cut file, a file having only one set of parallel teeth; a float.
Smooth file, a file having teeth so fine as to make an almost smooth surface.
File \File\, v. t.
To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
To smooth or polish as with a file.
File your tongue to a little more courtesy.
--Sir W. Scott.
File \File\, v. t. [OE. fulen, filen, foulen, AS. f?lan, fr. f?l foul. See Foul, and cf. Defile, v. t.] To make foul; to defile. [Obs.]
All his hairy breast with blood was filed.
For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
metal tool for abrading or smoothing, Old English feol (Mercian fil) "file," from Proto-Germanic *fihalo "cutting tool" (cognates: Old Saxon fila, Old High German fila, Middle Dutch vile, Dutch vijl, German Feile), probably from PIE *peig- (1) "to cut, mark by incision" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic pila "file, saw," Lithuanian pela "file;" see paint (v.)). Century Dictionary (1906) lists 60 named varieties of them.
"place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," mid-15c., from Old French filer "string documents on a thread or wire for preservation or reference" (15c.), earlier "to spin thread," from fil "thread, string" (12c.), from Latin filum "a thread, string; thread of fate; cord, filament," from PIE *gwhis-lom (cognates: Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lithuanian gysla "vein, sinew," Old Church Slavonic zila "vein"), from root *gwhi- "thread, tendon." The notion is of documents hung up on a line in consecutive order for ease of reference.\nFile (filacium) is a threed or wyer, whereon writs, or other exhibits in courts, are fastened for the better keeping of them.
[Cowel, "The Interpreter," 1607]\nMethods have become more sophisticated, but the word has stuck. Meaning "place among the records of a court or office" is from 1510s; of newspaper reporters sending in stories, 1954. Intransitive sense "march in a line (as soldiers do) one after another" is from 1610s. Related: Filed; filing.
1520s, "string or wire on which documents are strung," from French file "a row" (15c.), noun derived from Middle French filer "string documents; spin thread" (see file (v.1)). The literal sense explains why from the beginning until recently things were generally on file (or upon file). The meaning "collection of papers systematically arranged for ready reference" is from 1620s; computer sense is from 1954. The sense "row of persons or things one behind another" (1590s) is originally military, from the French verb in the sense of "march in file." Meaning "line of squares on a chessboard running directly from player to player" is from 1610s.
"to smooth or abrade with a file," early 13c., from Old English filian, from the source of file (n.2). Related: Filed; filing.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A collection of papers collated and archived together. 2 A roll or list. 3 Course of thought; thread of narration. 4 (context computing English) An aggregation of data on a storage device, identified by a name. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To commit official papers to some office 2 (context transitive English) To place in an archive in a logical place and order 3 (context transitive English) To store a file (gloss: aggregation of data) on a storage medium such as a disc or another computer. 4 (context intransitive with ''for'' chiefly legal English) To make a formal request for the benefit of an official status. Etymology 2
n. 1 A column of people one behind another, whether "single file" or in a large group with many files side by side. 2 (context chess English) one of the eight vertical lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from number to number). The analog horizontal lines are the ''ranks''. vb. (context intransitive English) To move in a file. Etymology 3
n. 1 A hand tool consisting of a handle to which a block of coarse metal is attached, and used for removing sharp edges or for cutting, especially through metal. 2 (context slang archaic English) A cunning or resourceful person. vb. (lb en transitive) To smooth, grind, or cut with a file. Etymology 4
vb. 1 (context archaic English) to defile 2 to corrupt
n. a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together [syn: data file]
a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other [syn: single file, Indian file]
a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
v. record in a public office or in a court of law; "file for divorce"; "file a complaint" [syn: register]
smooth with a file; "file one's fingernails"
proceed in line; "The students filed into the classroom"
place in a container for keeping records; "File these bills, please" [syn: file away]
File or filing may refer to:
A file is a tool used to remove fine amounts of material from a workpiece. It is common in woodworking, metalworking, and other similar trade and hobby tasks. Most are hand tools, made of a case hardened steel bar of rectangular, square, triangular, or round cross-section, with one or more surfaces cut with sharp, generally parallel teeth. A narrow, pointed tang is common at one end, to which a handle may be fitted.
A rasp is a form of file with distinct, individually cut teeth used for coarsely removing large amounts of material.
A file is a military term for a number of troops drawn up in line ahead, i.e. one behind the other in a column. The number of files is the measure of the width of a formation of troops in several ranks one behind the other.
Filé is a cajun music ensemble from Louisiana founded in 1983. The group is named after filé powder, a spice used in cajun food.
The group was founded by Ward Lormand and Kevin Shearin, who had previously played together in the band Cush-Cush from 1980. Peter Stevens joined the group for their debut in 1985, while D'Jalma Garnier and David Egan joined in the early 1990s.
Usage examples of "file".
That supposition was borne out as the captain came aboard, followed by a spotty midshipman and his file of marines.
New Orleans, simply clothed in homespun cotton striped red and blue, abysmally poor and surrounded by swarms of children who all seemed to bear names like Nono and Vev6 and Bibi, cheerfully selling powdered file and alligator hides and going away again without bothering, like the Americans did, to sample the delights of the big city.
Under UNIX, the operating system maintains a password file which con-rains the encrypted passwords of everybody authorized to access that computer.
Terrace Watson was seated behind his desk in the inner office, surrounded by file cabinets, an addressograph machine, a postage meter, a voice typer, and a computer with memory storage.
State of Texas filed an original petition in the Supreme Court, in which it asserted that its claim, together with those of three other States, exceeded the value of the estate, that the portion of the estate within Texas alone would not suffice to discharge its own tax, and that its efforts to collect its tax might be defeated by adjudications of domicile by the other States.
Notably so, when in a neck-to-neck dash with an express train, the aeroplane won out in a race to file the location papers of the mine at Monument Rocks.
The book contained forty-two poems by such writers as Gemma Files, Charlee Jacob, Mark McLaughlin, Peter Crowther, Bruce Boston, Tom Piccirilli and others, along with a Foreword by John Rose, an Introduction from Phyllis Gotlieb and an Afterword by James Morrow.
Blade filed the name of Thunor away for future reference, conceding that when in the land of Alb it might be as well to do as the Albians did, always within reason, of course.
These people moved in single file, and were all tied to a strong rope, at regular distances apart, so that if one of them slipped on those giddy heights, the others could brace themselves on their alpenstocks and save him from darting into the valley, thousands of feet below.
He stood silently behind the podium as he watched the shaken delegations file out of the auditorium until only he, Joaquin, and Ament remained.
Meir Amit took his place at the head of the table, and the dis112 THE ODESSA FILE cussion began.
The final video in the Anabasis files showed Nimrod drifting down the shaft toward the waiting team.
But as your genome was on file with the Central Genetic Bank, we have had an anencephalic clone prepared.
Distributed Sequence Annotation System, DAS for short, borrows an approach from Napster, the controversial software that allows people to swap music files over the Internet.
He passed Cardona a file of correspondence, letters from Jarratt to persons associated with the Argyle Museum, offering to buy any items that the museum might want to sell if forced to move to smaller quarters.