What is file?

  • (verb): Place in a container for keeping records.
    Example: "File these bills, please"
    Synonyms: file away
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "file":

  • (verb): File a formal charge against.
    Synonyms: charge, lodge
  • (verb): Record in a public office or in a court of law.
    Example: "File for divorce"; "file a complaint"
    Synonyms: register
  • (verb): Smooth with a file.
    Example: "File one's fingernails"
  • (noun): A set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together.
    Synonyms: data file
  • (verb): Proceed in line.
    Example: "The students filed into the classroom"
  • (noun): A steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal.

Famous quotes containing the word file:

    While waiting to get married, several forms of employment were acceptable. Teaching kindergarten was for those girls who stayed in school four years. The rest were secretaries, typists, file clerks, or receptionists in insurance firms or banks, preferably those owned or run by the family, but respectable enough if the boss was an upstanding Christian member of the community.
    Barbara Howar (b. 1934)

    A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled “Science Fiction” ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922)