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Word Example of - file

    Example Sentences for file

    There were three in the gang and they got him and the radio paper which was stolen from our file.

    The teacher, beginning with the first file, asks the leader, "What did you see?"

    Do you think it is a wise practice for judges who disagree with the majority of the court to file dissenting opinions?

    Inside, he went to a file, from which he took his spot-inspection folder.

    And immediately the door bursting open, an Officer of the Cardinals Guard, with a file of soldiers, entered the church.

    He drew a file drawer to him, running his finger down its length.

    A file of soldiers was then ordered to make search for it in every place where any was likely to be found.

    A file of New York papers had been left in the night by an American packet.

    The effective strength of the Marine Brigade is now reduced to 50 officers and 1,890 rank and file.

    Hartmann went over to the desk and took a letter from the file.

Word Origin & History of - file

    Word Origin & History

    file "to place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," late 15c., from M.Fr. filer "string documents on a wire for preservation or reference," from fil "thread, string," from L. filum "thread," from PIE base *gwhis-lom (cf. Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lith. gysla "vein, sinew," O.C.S. zila "vein"). The notion is of documents hung up on a line like drying laundry. Methods have become more sophisticated, but the word has stuck. The noun first attested in Eng. in the military sense, "line or row of men," 1590s, from M.Fr. filer in the sense of "spin out (thread), march in file." ...Related: Filed; filing. The noun meaning "arranged collection of papers" is from 1620s; computer sense is from 1954.

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