[ fahy-lingz ]
See synonyms for: filingsfiling on

plural noun
  1. particles removed by a file.

Origin of filings

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at file2, -ing1, -s3

Words Nearby filings Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use filings in a sentence

  • The sand of the beach of those islands is iron, and is as easily attracted by the loadstone as steel filings.

  • Second, do not file brass where the filings will get into the solder.

    Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
  • If the iron-filings are sprinkled on the magnet itself, they will arrange themselves in a manner very striking.

  • "Brass filings," said Trask, promptly, and took some of the particles from his trousers pocket and dumped them into Jarrow's palm.

    Isle o' Dreams | Frederick F. Moore
  • The filings will arrange themselves in circles about the wire showing the magnetic field.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower

British Dictionary definitions for filings


/ (ˈfaɪlɪŋz) /

pl n
  1. shavings or particles removed by a file: iron filings

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