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Definition: On file
(f[imac]l), n. [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., &
It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. Enfilade
1. An orderly succession; a line; a row; as:
(Mil.) A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; -- in
contradistinction to rank
, which designates a row
of soldiers standing abreast; a number consisting
the depth of a body of troops, which, in the
ordinary modern formation, consists of two men, the
battalion standing two deep, or in two ranks.
Note: The number of files in a company describes its width,
as the number of ranks does its depth; thus, 100 men in
would be spoken of as 25 files in 4
(b) An orderly collection of papers, arranged in sequence
or classified for preservation and reference; as,
files of letters or of newspapers; this mail brings
English files to the 15th instant.
(c) The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers
are put and kept in order.
It is upon a file with the duke's other letters.
(d) A roll or list. “A file of all the gentry.”
2. Course of thought; thread of narration. [Obs.]
Let me resume the file of my narration. --Sir H.
3. (computers) a collection of data on a digital recording
medium treated as a unit for the purpose of recording,
reading, storage, or indexing; -- such a file is typically
accessible by computer programs by the use of a file name.
The data may be of any type codable digitally, such as
simple ASCII-coded text, complex binary-coded data, or an
executable program, or may be itself a collection of other
, the act of firing by file, or each file
independently of others.
, the soldier at the front of any file, who
covers and leads those in rear of him.
, the marching of a line two deep, when faced
to the right or left, so that the front and rear rank
march side by side. --Brande & C.
, or Single file
, a line of people marching
one behind another; a single row. Also used adverbially;
as, to march Indian file.
, preserved in an orderly collection; recorded in
Rank and file
(a) The body of soldiers constituting the mass of an army,
including corporals and privates. --Wilhelm.
(b) Those who constitute the bulk or working members of a
party, society, etc., in distinction from the leaders.