Found 2 items, similar to single file.
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Definition: single file
n : a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
, Indian file
English → English
Definition: Single file
, a. [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in
simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See
, and cf. Singular
1. One only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting
of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star.
No single man is born with a right of controlling
the opinions of all the rest. --Pope.
2. Alone; having no companion.
Who single hast maintained,
Against revolted multitudes, the cause
Of truth. --Milton.
3. Hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman.
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
Single chose to live, and shunned to wed. --Dryden.
4. Not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others;
as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope.
5. Performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single
These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, . . .
Who now defles thee thrice ti single fight.
6. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to
compound. --I. Watts.
7. Not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere.
I speak it with a single heart. --Shak.
8. Simple; not wise; weak; silly. [Obs.]
He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
--Beau. & Fl.
, Single beer
, or Single drink
, small ale,
etc., as contrasted with double ale
, etc., which is
stronger. [Obs.] --Nares.
(Law), a written engagement, generally under
seal, for the payment of money, without a penalty.
(Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for only two
. See the Note under 4th File
. See under Bookkeeping
. See under 1st File
(Bot.), a flower with but one set of petals,
as a wild rose.
. See Illust. under Knot
(Naut.), a single rope running through a fixed
(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.