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[fahy-lingz] /ˈfaɪ lɪŋz/
plural noun
particles removed by a file.
Origin of filings
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at file2, -ing1, -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He put the filings in a little pot which had been used for ointment of some kind.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The magnet acts on the filings through the paper, and see how it arranges them!

  • He could feel his hair stiffen like filings drawn to a magnet.

    The Day Time Stopped Moving Bradner Buckner
  • Not one of them had the least particle of the filings drawn off.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • Second, do not file brass where the filings will get into the solder.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for filings


plural noun
shavings or particles removed by a file: iron filings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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