single file


a line of persons or things arranged one behind the other; Indian file.

Origin of single file

First recorded in 1660–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for single file

queue, chain, column, line

Examples from the Web for single file

Historical Examples of single file

  • In single-file the men marched through the communicating trench.

  • It was a single-file trail, and he walked in advance, silent as an Indian.

    The Unspeakable Perk

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • I understand that the arrival undiscovered was a result of riding in single-file and thus shewing no black mass.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • The road now grew rougher, the guide leading and the rest following in single-file, Sylvia just ahead of Harley.

    The Candidate

    Joseph Alexander Altsheler

  • There was a steady, single-file procession of ants, with occasional gaps in the line.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for single file

single file


a line of persons, animals, or things ranged one behind the other, either stationary or moving
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