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Definitions for: FILE
- (n.) An orderly succession; a line; a row
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
- (n.) A roll or list.
- (n.) Course of thought; thread of narration.
- (n.) A steel instrument, having cutting ridges or teeth, made by indentation with a chisel, used for abrading or smoothing other substances, as metals, wood, etc.
- (n.) Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively.
- (n.) A shrewd or artful person.
- (v. i.) To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; -- generally with off.
- (v. t.) To set in order; to arrange, or lay away, esp. as papers in a methodical manner for preservation and reverence; to place on file; to insert in its proper place in an arranged body of papers.
- (v. t.) To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
- (v. t.) To put upon the files or among the records of a court; to note on (a paper) the fact date of its reception in court.
- (v. t.) To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
- (v. t.) To smooth or polish as with a file.
- (v. t.) To make foul; to defile.
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- (n.) Same as Lif.
- (n.) Dear; beloved.
- (n.) Pleasing; agreeable; acceptable; preferable.
- (adv.) Willing; disposed.
- (n.) A dear one; a sweetheart.
- (adv.) Gladly; willingly; freely; -- now used only in the phrases, had as lief, and would as lief; as, I had, or would, as lief go as not.
- (n.) The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; -- used of all animal and vegetable organisms.
- (n.) Of human beings: The union of the soul and body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or existence of the soul; as, man is a creature having an immortal life.
- (n.) The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and cooperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.
- (n.) Figuratively: The potential or animating principle, also, the period of duration, of anything that is conceived of as resembling a natural organism in structure or functions; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the life of government.
- (n.) A certain way or manner of living with respect to conditions, circumstances, character, conduct, occupation, etc.; hence, human affairs; also, lives, considered collectively, as a distinct class or type; as, low life; a good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners.
- (n.) Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
- (n.) That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of the company, or of the enterprise.
- (n.) The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from the life.
- (n.) A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.
- (n.) The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
- (n.) An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood.
- (n.) A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
- (n.) Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
- (n.) Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment.