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n. A complete record of a case. An orderly succession; a line; a row; as: (a) (Mil) A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; - in contradistinction to rank, which designates a row of soldiers standing abreast; a number consisting the depth of a body of troops, which, in the ordinary modern formation, consists of two men, the battalion standing two deep, or in two ranks. The number of files in a company describes its width, as the number of ranks does its depth; thus, 100 men in 'fours deep' would be spoken of as 25 files in 4 ranks. (b) An orderly collection of papers, arranged in sequence or classified for preservation and reference; as, files of letters or of newspapers; this mail brings English files to the 15th instant. (c) The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order. (d) A roll or list. Course of thought; thread of narration. File firing, the act of firing by file, or each file independently of others.


 - File leader, the soldier at the front of any file, who covers and leads those in rear of him.


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