Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
  2. (noun, group) a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
  3. (noun, artifact) office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
  4. (noun, artifact) a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
  5. (verb, communication) record in a public office or in a court of law
    file a complaint
  6. (verb, contact) smooth with a file
  7. (verb, motion) proceed in line
  8. (verb, communication) file a formal charge against
  9. (verb, communication) place in a container for keeping records

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Origin of the word File

  1. "to place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," late 15c., from M.Fr. filer "string documents on a wire for preservation or reference," from fil "thread, string," from L. filum "thread," from PIE base *gwhis-lom (cf. Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lith. gysla "vein, sinew," O.C.S. zila "vein"). The notion is o… more
  2. "metal tool," O.E. feol (Mercian fil), from P.Gmc. *finkhlo (cf. O.H.G. fila, M.Du. vile, Ger. Feile), probably from PIE *pik-/*peik- "cut" (cf. Skt. pimsati "hews out, carves," L. pingere "to paint," O.C.S. pila "file, saw," Lith. pela "file;" see paint). The verb in this sense is from early 13c. Rela… more

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Words that sound like File

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall, fall away, falla, fallal, fallow, feeble, feebly, feel, fell, fella, fellah

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