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folder

[fohl-der] /ˈfoʊl dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that folds.
2.
a printed sheet, as a circular or timetable, folded into a number of usually pagelike sections.
3.
a folded sheet of light cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc., as in a file.
4.
Computers. directory (def 4a).
Origin of folder
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; fold1 + -er1
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  • "Pardon," said the guard to me, "but I see no harm," and he handed her the folder.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Daniel Stern slapped a folder down on his desk and got to his feet.

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  • "Friend of mine," Ringg said, and Bart proffered his folder.

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  • Which is how I happen to spot this folder with the halftone cut on it.

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  • Her folder was full of notations by case worker after case worker.

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  • Gloria picked up a folder and pretended to concentrate on it.

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British Dictionary definitions for folder

folder

/ˈfəʊldə/
noun
1.
a binder or file for holding loose papers, etc
2.
a folded circular
3.
a machine for folding printed sheets
4.
a person or thing that folds
5.
(computing) another name for directory (sense 5)
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Word Origin and History for folder
n.

1550s as "one who folds;" 1911 as "folding cover for loose papers;" agent noun from fold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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