file has definitions from the field of law
[ verb ] (law) register in a public office or in a court of law




"file for divorce" "file a complaint"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Mayor_William_B._Hartsfield filed suit for divorce from his wife , Pearl_Williams_Hartsfield , in Fulton_Superior_Court Friday .

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

Information , application_forms , and assistance in filing may be obtained from the Office_of_Minerals_Exploration , U.S._Department_of_the_Interior , Washington 25 , D.C. , or from the appropriate regional office listed below :

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register law register

[ noun ] a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together



Used in print

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

But since 1927 , researchers digging_into ancient court records and legal files have been able to find illuminating pieces of information .

(1961 Research Highlights of the National Bureau of...)

An exhaustive survey was made of the literature , and a primary reference file of approximately 600 references was catalogued .

(U.S. Reports. Volume 364. Cases Adjudged in the...)

Petitioner was not denied due_process in the administrative proceedings , because the statement in_question was in his file , to which he had access , and he had opportunities to rebut it both before the hearing_officer of the Department_of_Justice and before the appeal_board .

Its ground for this recommendation was that , while petitioner claimed before the local board August 17 , 1956 ( as evidenced by its memorandum in his file of that date ) , that he was devoting 100 hours per month to actual preaching , the headquarters of the Jehovah's_Witnesses reported that he was no_longer doing so and , on_the_contrary , had relinquished both his Pioneer_and_Bible_Student_Servant positions .

Upon return of the file to the local board , petitioner was again ordered to report for induction and this prosecution followed his failure to do so .

[ verb ] smooth with a file


"file one's fingernails"

Used in print

(Paul Larson and Gordon Odegard, "How to design your...)

Remove all other loose pieces and file the edges of the basic frame smooth .

Cut_off excess screw lengths and file flush with either frame or nut .

Put a 2 - 56 roundhead screw into the hole , cut_off the excess threads and file flush with the underside of the bar .

Tend to make this dimension slightly undersize so you can file the screw head to get exactly 1 4 '' tappet movement .

To each tappet except 6 and 8 , solder a * * f piece of brass and file to the tapered shape shown in Figs .6 and 8 .

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smooth rub

[ verb ] proceed in line


"The students filed into the classroom"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Once four Tibetan monks , in their saffron robes , filed through the cafeteria line .

("National Affairs"...)

Everybody else was allowed to file off the plane after it touched_down at El_Paso at 4 : 18 a. m. .

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march file_out file_in

[ verb ] (law) file a formal charge against


charge lodge


"The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"

Used in print

(The Philadelphia Inquirer,...)

The suit was filed later in the day in Common Pleas Court 7 against the Hughes company and two bonding firms .

(San Francisco Chronicle,...)

The complaint on_which the warrant was issued was filed by Leo_Blaber , an attorney for the association .

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accuse impeach charge lodgment

[ noun ] a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other

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line line column snake_dance

[ noun ] office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order

Used in print

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

His files , desk , drafting_board and a high stool formed the only clean island in the chaos .

[ noun ] a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal

Used in print

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

Following reaction the cells were scratched with a file and opened under a 20 % aqueous sodium_iodide solution .

[ verb ] place in a container for keeping records




"File these bills, please"

Used in print

(Frank Lorimer, Demographic Information on...)

The cards , filed by circonscription ( sub-chiefdom , or village ) , are kept in the headquarters of each territoire ( chiefdom ) .

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record filing

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19703