Cross-cut file
File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe['o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: A file differs from a rasp in having the furrows made by straight cuts of a chisel, either single or crossed, while the rasp has coarse, single teeth, raised by the pyramidal end of a triangular punch. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively. [1913 Webster]

Mock the nice touches of the critic's file. --Akenside. [1913 Webster]

3. A shrewd or artful person. [Slang] --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

Will is an old file in spite of his smooth face. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

{Bastard file}, {Cross file}, etc. See under {Bastard}, {Cross}, etc.

{Cross-cut file}, a file having two sets of teeth crossing obliquely.

{File blank}, a steel blank shaped and ground ready for cutting to form a file.

{File cutter}, a maker of files.

{Second-cut file}, a file having teeth of a grade next finer than bastard.

{Single-cut file}, a file having only one set of parallel teeth; a float.

{Smooth file}, a file having teeth so fine as to make an almost smooth surface. [1913 Webster]


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  • cross-cut — verb 1》 cut (wood or stone) across its main grain or axis. 2》 alternate (one sequence) with another when editing a film. noun an instance of cross cutting. adjective (of a file) having two sets of grooves crossing each other diagonally …   English new terms dictionary

  • Second-cut file — File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Single-cut file — File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross file — File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • File — (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting ridges or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • File blank — File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • File cutter — File File (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe[ o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG. f[=i]la, f[=i]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out, adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.] 1. A steel instrument, having cutting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • File (tool) — A file (or hand file) is a hand tool used to shape material by cutting. A file typically takes the form of a hardened steel bar, mostly covered with a series of sharp, parallel ridges or teeth . Most files have a narrow, pointed tang at one end… …   Wikipedia

  • file — file1 fileable, adj. filer, n. /fuyl/, n., v., filed, filing. n. 1. a folder, cabinet, or other container in which papers, letters, etc., are arranged in convenient order for storage or reference. 2. a collection of papers, records, etc.,… …   Universalium

  • filé — /fi lay , fee lay/, n. New Orleans Cookery. a powder made from the ground leaves of the sassafras tree, used as a thickener and to impart a pungent taste to soups, gumbos, and other dishes. Also called filé powder. [1800 10, Amer.; < LaF; lit.,… …   Universalium

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