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{{11}}file (n.1) 1520s, "string or wire on which documents are strung," from Fr. file "row," from M.Fr. filer (see FILE (Cf. file) (v.)). The meaning "arranged collection of papers" is from 1620s; computer sense is from 1954. The military sense "line or row of men" (1590s) is from the French verb in the sense of "spin out (thread); march in file."
{{12}}file (n.2) metal tool, O.E. feol (Mercian fil), from P.Gmc. *finkhlo (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. fila, M.Du. vile, Du. vijl, Ger. Feile), probably from PIE *peig- "to cut, mark by incision" (Cf. Skt. pimsati "hews out, carves," L. pingere "to paint," O.C.S. pila "file, saw," Lith. pela "file;" see PAINT (Cf. paint)). The verb in this sense is from early 13c., from O.E. filian. Related: Filed; filing.
{{12}}file (v.) "to place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," mid-15c., from M.Fr. filer "string documents on a wire for preservation or reference," from fil "thread, string" (12c.), from L. filum "a thread, string," from PIE *gwhis-lom (Cf. Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lith. gysla "vein, sinew," O.C.S. zila "vein"), from root *gwhi- "thread, tendon." The notion is of documents hung up on a line.
File (filacium) is a threed or wyer, whereon writs, or other exhibits in courts, are fastened for the better keeping of them. [Cowel, “The Interpreter,” 1607]
Methods have become more sophisticated, but the word has stuck. Related: Filed; filing.

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