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n. ~ 1. A group of documents related by use or topic, typically housed in a folder (or a group of folders for a large file). - 2. plural (files) · The whole of a collection of records. - 3. Computing · Collections of data stored for use by a computer; see data file.

- v. ~ 4. To store documents in an organized collection for safekeeping and future reference. - 5. To present a document to the clerk of a court or recorder so that it can be entered into the official record. - 6. To initiate a lawsuit.


File1 in the singular generally refers to related documents that are kept together in one or a few folders. In the plural, it typically indicates a larger collection of all or part of an organization's records.

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology