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terminal digit filing

n. ~ A technique of organizing files under the last few digits of an identifying number, and then sequentially by any preceding numbers.

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Terminal digit filing has the advantage of distributing files evenly throughout the system, making it easier to allocate space for expansion. Use of terminal digital filing for the social security number 123-45-6789 would sort it first under 9, then under 12345678.