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Indian file Syllabification: In·di·an file
Pronunciation: /ˈindēən ˌfīl/

Definition of Indian file in English:


Another term for single file.
Example sentences
  • Coming down in Indian file, Kieren couldn't produce her any later today.
  • Originally, the Italians envisaged frogmen as ‘underwater infantry’ who would walk in Indian file along the bottom of the sea towards their targets.
  • At training, his team ran three kilometres to warm up before finishing the session with fifteen laps of Indian file, an exercise of sprinting and jogging.


Mid 18th century: so called because it was believed that North American Indians usually marched in this order.

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