from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of using a file.
  • n. A particle or shaving removed by a file: metal filings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any particle that has been removed by a file or similar implement; a shaving.
  • n. The act of storing documents in an archive; archiving.
  • v. Present participle of file.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fragment or particle rubbed off by the act of filing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of using a file.
  • n. A fragment or particle rubbed off by a file: as, iron-filings.
  • n. The act of putting upon file.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.
  • n. the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
  • n. the entering of a legal document into the public record
  • n. a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file


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  • The act of putting files away, or paperwork that has been submitted to a government institution (such as a tax return or bankruptcy).

    September 7, 2008