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File appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • At a droopy revel, I file very poor data.
  • Eli frets as I do not nurse babes… run to no disaster file!
  • To lay a pissed dog at a deli, fax a file data goddess I pay a lot.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb file:


File is sometimes a misspelling of final.

The word file is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

The word file and its family (filed, files, filing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun file

What does file mean as a name of something?

File is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: files

  1. a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of file: data file
    • more generic word: record = anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
    • more specific terms:
    • instance: Combined DNA Index System = the DNA file maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  2. a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of file: Indian file / single file
    • more generic word: line = a formation of people or things one behind another
    • more specific terms:
      • snake dance = a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
      • column = a line of units following one after another
  3. office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
  4. a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: hand tool = a tool used with workers' hands
    • more specific terms:
    • part: helve / haft = the handle of a weapon or tool

Alternative definition of the noun file


  1. A collection of papers collated and archived together.
  2. [computing] An aggregation of data on a storage device, identified by a name.
  3. A column of people one behind another.
  4. [chess] one of the eight vertical lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from number to number). The analog horizontal lines are the ranks.
  5. A hand tool consisting of a handle to which a block of coarse metal is attached, and used for removing sharp edges or for cutting, especially through metal
  6. [slang, archaic] A man, guy, fellow; especially one known for being cunning or resourceful.

Definition of the verb file

What does file mean as a doing word?

File is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: filed | filing | files

  1. record in a public office or in a court of law
    • examples: file for divorce | file a complaint
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of file: register
    • more generic word: register = record in writing
    • more specific word: trademark = register the trademark of
  2. smooth with a file
    • example: file one's fingernails
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teethVerbs of Grooming and Bodily Care: bob, braid, brush, clip, coldcream, comb, condition, crimp, crop, curl, cut, dye, gel, henna, highlight, lather, manicure, paint, part, perm, plait, pluck, powder, rinse, rouge, set, shampoo, soap, style, talc, tease, towel, trim, wave, wax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Carol carved the stoneVerbs of Cutting: bore, carve, chop, crop, drill, lance, mill, mow, prune, punch, spear, tread
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol carved the stone with a chisel | Carol cut the bread with a knife
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]That chisel carves well | That hammer crushes well | This knife cuts well
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient]That chisel carved the statue | The knife cut the bread
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]Marble carves easily | The bread cuts easily | The ice crushes easily
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Carla was vacuumingVerbs of Removing: filter, hoover, iron, plough, sandpaper, sponge, towel
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source] [Adjective]Carla shoveled the walk clean
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Carla mopped under the furniture
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: smooth / smoothen = make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
    • entailment: rub = move over something with pressure
  3. proceed in line
  4. file a formal charge against
  5. place in a container for keeping records

Alternative definition of the verb file


  1. [transitive] To commit official papers to some office
  2. [transitive] To place in an archive in a logical place and order
  3. [transitive] To store a file [gloss, aggregation of data] on a storage medium such as a disc or another computer.
  4. [transitive] To shape (an object) by cutting with a file (cutting tool).
  5. [intransitive] To cut with a file (cutting tool).
  6. [intransitive, with for, chiefly legal] To make a formal request for the benefit of an official status.
  7. [intransitive] To move in a file
  8. [transitive] to smooth, grind, or cut with a file
  9. [archaic] to defile
  10. to corrupt


File a.k.a. Filé is a cajun music ensemble from Louisiana founded in 1983. The group is named after filé powder, a spice used in cajun food.


  1. "File" is the 1982 musical album by Tania Tsanaklidou.
  2. "File" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "File" is a musical album of M. Walking on the Water.
    • released in (18 years ago)


"File" is a book by Open University.


File is a fictional character from The Rainmaker.


  1. file is a standard Unix program for recognizing the type of data contained in a computer file.
  2. File: A file is a military term for a number of troops drawn up in line ahead, i.e. one behind the other in a column. The number of files is the measure of the width of a formation of troops in several ranks one behind the other.
  3. FILE a.k.a. Electronic Language International Festival: FILE - Electronic Language International Festival is a New media art festival that usually takes place in three different cities of Brazil: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre and it has also participated in others events around the world. It is the biggest art & technology festival in Brazil, and it serves as a lead indicator of the plurality of the work created in the interactive art field not only nationally but also internationally.
  4. File is a file format.

Phrases with File

Phrases starting with the word File:

  1. file in
  2. file off
  3. file out
  4. file away
  5. File Disc
  6. File Down
  7. file name
  8. File size
  9. file-like

Phrases ending with the word File:

  1. to file
  2. mug file
  3. Zip File
  4. data file
  5. Diff File
  6. disk file
  7. flat file
  8. Kill file
  9. main file
  10. Make File
  11. Nail file

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Printed books with definitions for File

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Google previewFortran 90 Language Guide (2012)

by Wilhelm Gehrke

Internal file An internal file is a variable of type default character, which is specified by the UNIT= specifier u.

Google previewUsing Data to Improve Student Learning in Elementary Schools (2003)

by Victoria L. Bernhardt

pdf Acrobat Reader This read-only file is the Education for the Future student perception questionnaire used in ...

Google previewExam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps (MCSE) (2015)

by Brian Svidergol

wim file is a boot image and cannot be used to install Windows 8.1. C. Incorrect: The install.wim file is an install image and cannot be used for booting. D. Incorrect: The boot.wim file is a boot image and cannot be used to ...

Google previewOPERATING SYSTEMS (2013)


A file is an abstract data type. Files are not system dependent and are highly portable. As the main memory...

Google previewFiling (1918)

A Magazine on Indexing & Filing

The file is the scapegoat in all business places.

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Quotes about File

TCP works very hard to get the data delivered in order without errors and does retransmissions and recoveries and all that kind of stuff which is exactly what you want in a file transfer because so you don't want any errors in your file. (Jon Postel)
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Scrabble value of F4I1L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of FILE

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