- 1A folder or box for holding loose papers together and in order for easy reference: a file of correspondenceMore example sentences
- And then, today, I came across two large box files stuffed with paper copies of the correspondence, all neatly filed in date order.
- Preparation of products using recycled items will be the prime focus and the items will include cardboard files, paper cups and bags.
- The last drawer contained a stack full of files and papers.
- 1.1A collection of information about a particular person or thing: MI5 were keeping a file on himMore example sentences
- The ideal for any organisation is that their employees can access all company information, documents or files within seconds - no matter where they are in the world.
- Confidential files allegedly containing detailed information about his visit were found on a London Street.
- My information is that the files pertaining to this particular arrest were sitting on the desk of the DPP for some time previously.
- 1.2 Computing A collection of data, programs, etc. stored in a computer’s memory or on a storage device under a single identifying name: you can save the file to your hard diskMore example sentences
- Users will also need special software to play the files on their desktop computers.
- Search your computer's files, audio, video, images and emails, and even the Web.
- Lastly there's a flaw related to the display of the names of downloaded files.
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- 1Place (a document) in a cabinet, box, or folder in a particular order: the contract, when signed, is filed • figurative he still had the moment filed away in his memoryMore example sentences
- This latest roll call of grand-slam winners is unlikely to be filed away among the classics, all of them celebrating only their first major title.
- The completed questionnaires were filed in a secure cabinet.
- His office was neat and tidy, his papers neatly stacked on his desk, or filed away in cabinets.
- 1.1Submit (a legal document, application, or charge) to be placed on record by the appropriate authority: criminal charges were filed against the firm [no object]: the company had filed for bankruptcyMore example sentences
- No charges were ever filed against the accountant.
- The applicant filed an application for judicial review, but it was dismissed by consent.
- In December, charges were filed against the women who testified.
- 1.2(Of a reporter) send (a story) to a newspaper or news organization.More example sentences
- Newspaper and television reporters filed dozens of stories from the scene of the fire.
- The intrepid reporters have filed stories from around the world, including Tokyo, Montreal and Alberquerque, New Mexico.
- See, I've worked in journalism for the last seventy-eight years, ever since the usual way a reporter would file a story was by telegram.
- In a file or filing system.More example sentences
- The reports must be filed monthly with the Supreme Court and be kept on file with the local court's clerk.
- With regard to evidence, I have been told that you have everything on file and you have the files in front of you.
- You should make sure the address they have on file is your current address and that any charges on the account were made by you.
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- Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that the filer filed the annual report on March 31, 2006.
- Filers should use the resources and education in this section to ensure they meet reporting requirements.
- Moreover, there's ample evidence that a sizeable percentage of bankruptcy filers engage in quite a lot of strategic behavior in the run-up to bankruptcy.
late Middle English (as a verb meaning 'string documents on a thread or wire to keep them in order'): from French filer 'to string', fil 'a thread', both from Latin filum 'a thread'. Compare with file2.
- 1A line of people or things one behind another: files of tourists stream up the narrow lanes of Mont St MichelMore example sentences
- He walked off to a corridor out of the landing bay with the lead general at his side and the other two in file behind them.
- They line nine men up in a file, one behind the other.
- Aside from a few occasions, we rode in file, all strung out, from the start until Pradollano.
- 1.1 Military A small detachment of troops: a file of English soldiers had ridden out from PerthMore example sentences
- Maneuvering and the use of machine guns in fighting made infantry files pressing along the front inefficient.
- One soldier in the file was hit by mortar fire a few yards from my tank.
- Commanders and platoon leaders should lead from the front of attack formation even when in file or column when fighting in urban terrain.
- 1.2 Chess Each of the eight rows of eight squares on a chessboard running away from the player towards the opponent. Compare with rank1 ( sense 2 of the noun).More example sentences
- Instead of just accepting this situation, an experienced player would actively play to create a file for his Rooks.
- For kings on the same file, this is just an odd number of squares between kings!
- Black is opening a file on the queenside in order to activate his rook.
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- (Of a group of people) walk one behind the other, typically in an orderly and solemn manner: the mourners filed into the churchMore example sentences
- The mostly middle-aged crowd from labour unions and peace groups filed behind a truck with speakers blasting, ‘Power to the People’.
- He looked over to one of the hallways leading into the dining hall and saw a large group of people filing in through the doors.
- The group filed out, and one of them slammed the door shut, ‘What did they want with us?’
late 16th century: from French file, from filer 'to string'.
- A tool with a roughened surface or surfaces, typically of steel, used for smoothing or shaping a hard material.More example sentences
- Sandersons was situated on the Cutlery Road and was involved in the production of tools, saws, files etc.
- Basic Fitting was a course designed to equip graduates with the skills required to use metals tools, drills, files and the like.
- The facility is filled with workbenches bearing tool boxes loaded with files, stones, scrapers and reamers.
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- 1Smooth or shape with a file: never file your nails from the centre to the sidesMore example sentences
- First, Sharon filed my nails into lovely rounded shapes.
- Brooks filed each part to shape, marked both locks as ‘London Warranted,’ and finished them with color case hardening.
- The edges of the bands were filed smooth before they were used and males were banded on the right forearm and females on the left forearm.
- 1.1 (file something away/off) Remove something by grinding it off with a file.More example sentences
- If caught early enough, the cracks can be filed away before they spread deeper a bit like filing a cracked finger nail before it splits.
- It's rather creepy how the dead ant-parts are filed off in the spiral staircases and heaped in piles behind the painted barn.
- Once the worst pitting and damage is filed away, he sands the metal with a coarse sandpaper.
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- The product range includes household knives, chef's knives, multiutility pieces with scissors, nail filers, bottle openers and butler knives.
- You will also find extra goodies such as nail filers, hair accessories, and brushes there for the best quality at the best bargain.
Old English fīl, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vijl and German Feile.
noun[mass noun] North American
- Pounded or powdered sassafras leaves used to flavour and thicken soup, especially gumbo.More example sentences
- Likewise filé powder made from the dried leaves of the sassafras tree would be added during the final stages of cooking to give the gumbo a ‘stringy’ texture.
- "It's a sin to eat gumbo without filé."
- Filé has since become a signature flavor in Cajun cooking, adding authentic Louisiana character to mouth-watering gumbos and your own favorite dishes.
mid 19th century: from French, past participle of filer 'to twist'.
More definitions of fileDefinition of filé in:
- The US English dictionary