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Definition 1: a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal - [noun denoting artifact]

(file is a kind of ...) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is a kind of file ) a file with parallel edges

(... is a kind of file ) a file with two flat surfaces

(... is a kind of file ) a small flat file for shaping the nails

(... is a kind of file ) a coarse file with sharp pointed projections

(... is a kind of file ) a thin round file shaped like the tail of a rat

(... is a kind of file ) a file with a circular cross section; used to file the inside of holes

(... is a kind of file ) a file with converging edges

(file is a part of ...) the handle of a weapon or tool

Definition 2: office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) furniture intended for use in an office

(... is a kind of file ) an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item

(... is a kind of file ) a file in which records are stored upright on one edge

Definition 3: a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

"the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques"

(... is a kind of file ) (computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable form

(... is a kind of file ) a file of mug shots (pictures of criminals that are kept on file by the police)

(... is a kind of file ) a file of memoranda or notices that remind of things to be done

(... is an instance of file) the DNA file maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Definition 4: a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) a formation of people or things one behind another

"the line stretched clear around the corner" "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"

(... is a kind of file ) a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path

(... is a kind of file ) a line of units following one after another

Definition 5: place in a container for keeping records - [verb of communication]

Samples where file or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • File these bills, please

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) make a record of; set down in permanent form

Definition 6: file a formal charge against - [verb of communication]

Samples where file or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The suspect was charged with murdering his wife

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) bring an accusation against; level a charge against

"The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"

(... is a kind of file ) charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office

"The President was impeached"

Definition 7: record in a public office or in a court of law - [verb of communication]

Samples where file or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • file for divorce
  • file a complaint

Synonyms for file in the sense of this definition

(file is a kind of ...) record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions

(... is a kind of file ) register the trademark of

"The company trademarked their new gadget"

(file belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 8: smooth with a file - [verb of contact]

Samples where file or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • file one's fingernails

(file is a kind of ...) make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

"smooth the surface of the wood"

(file implies ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

Definition 9: proceed in line - [verb of motion]

Samples where file or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The students filed into the classroom

(file is a kind of ...) march in a procession

"They processed into the dining room"

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