single file

sin·gle fi·lé
S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sing-guh l fi-ley, fee-ley]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl fɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sing-guh l fi-ley, fee-ley]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl fɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ/

Definitions of single file words

  • noun single file a line of persons or things arranged one behind the other; Indian file. 1
  • noun single file movement: one after another 1
  • noun single file a line of persons, animals, or things ranged one behind the other, either stationary or moving 0
  • noun single file a single line of people or things placed or moving one directly behind another 0
  • noun single file in such a line 0

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Origin of single file

First appearance:

before 1660
One of the 46% oldest English words
First recorded in 1660-70

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Parts of speech for Single file


single file popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

single file usage trend in Literature

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