Meaning of FILE in English

FILE

n.

Function: noun

Date: 1525

1 : a device (as a folder, case, or cabinet) by means of which papers are kept in order

2 a archaic : ROLL , LIST b : a collection of papers or publications usually arranged or classified c (1) : a collection of related data records (as for a computer) (2) : a complete collection of data (as text or a program) treated by a computer as a unit especially for purposes of input and output

– on file : in or as if in a file for ready reference

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.