file[ fahyl ]SEE DEFINITION OF file
Synonyms for file
- circular file
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FILE
If you were envied, why should you sharpen envy, and file up its teeth to an edge?
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During the night he managed to file the brass of his bedstead.
Several dozen ogres were sitting around the cave in rank and file.
He then took from the file one of the Venetian glasses of clouded white.
If the ould Governor's got a tongue like a file, Philip's got a tongue like a scythe—he'll mow them down.
And the same day a noise of hammer and file at work was heard in the smithy.
That's the rank and file—very rank, I should say, most of them.
The bloody accounts are stirring the rank and file of our army terribly.
"to place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," mid-15c., from Middle French filer "string documents on a wire for preservation or reference," from fil "thread, string" (12c.), from Latin filum "a thread, string," from PIE *gwhis-lom (cf. Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lithuanian gysla "vein, sinew," Old Church Slavonic zila "vein"), from root *gwhi- "thread, tendon." The notion is of documents hung up on a line.
Methods have become more sophisticated, but the word has stuck. Related: Filed; filing.