rat-tail file

rat-tail file
noun Date: 1744 a round slender tapered file

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  • rat-tail file — noun a thin round file shaped like the tail of a rat • Hypernyms: ↑file * * * a long, narrow file having a circular cross section. [1840 50] * * * rat tail file, a fine, round file used especially to enlarge holes in metal …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-tail file — a long, narrow file having a circular cross section. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • rat-tail file — A round file …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Rat-tail — (r[a^]t t[=a]l ), a. Like a rat s tail in form; as, a rat tail file, which is round, slender, and tapering. See Illust. of {File}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • file — [1] A flat or rounded tool with a rough surface of hardened steel. When it is rubbed against metal, it removes small bits of metal leading to a smaller amount of base metal. [2] The action of removing metal by using a file. Also see bastard file… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • rat — n. & v. n. 1 a any of several rodents of the genus Rattus (brown rat). b any similar rodent (muskrat; water rat). 2 a deserter from a party, cause, difficult situation, etc.; a turncoat (from the superstition that rats desert a sinking ship). 3… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. arrangement, classification; list, dossier, record, catalog, inventory; folder; row, column; rasp. v. t. classify, arrange, store; catalog, record; submit, deliver; rasp. See continuity, friction. II… …   English dictionary for students

  • Tipton kangaroo rat — Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Giant rat — A giant rat is a rat that is substantially larger than its other rodent cousins. Rodents of unusual size do appear in nature such as the Capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris , Gambian Pouched Rat, Cricetomys gambianus , adult specimens of which… …   Wikipedia

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