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Definition of file:

  1. A roll or list.
  2. A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; - in contradistinction to rank, which designates a row of soldiers standing abreast.
  3. A shrewd or artful person.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An orderly succession; a line; a row
  7. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively.
  8. Course of thought; thread of narration.
  9. The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
  10. To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
  11. To make foul; to defile.
  12. To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; - generally with off.
  13. 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.
  14. To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
  15. 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.
  16. To smooth or polish as with a file.


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