filing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the entering of a legal document into the public record
    • he filed a complaint
    • he filed his tax return
  2. noun a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file
  3. noun the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
  4. noun preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.
    • I have some filing to do
  5. verb record in a public office or in a court of law
    register; file.
    • file for divorce
    • file a complaint
  6. verb smooth with a file
    • file one's fingernails
  7. verb proceed in line
    • The students filed into the classroom
  8. verb file a formal charge against
    lodge; charge; file.
    • The suspect was charged with murdering his wife
  9. verb place in a container for keeping records
    file away; file.
    • File these bills, please


Fil"ing noun
  1. A fragment or particle rubbed off by the act of filing; as, iron filings.

Webster 1913