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file

 [fīl]
a collection of records, which may constitute a database or be a component of one.
digital file a patient record or part of a record that has been converted to a format that can be transmitted or viewed on a computer.

file

(fīl),
A tool for smoothing, grinding, or cutting.

file

1 (in dentistry) a tool for scaling or removing plaque and calcified deposits from the teeth, or in the preparation of the root canal during endodontic therapy.
2 a collection of related data or information, assembled for a specified purpose and stored as a unit.

file

noun A basic unit of storage on a computer; a collection of data which can be stored, accessed and transferred as a single unit. A file may contain text, calculations, graphics or software routines.
 
verb To store information.

file

Informatics noun A basic unit of storage on a computer; a collection of data that can be stored, accessed, and transferred as a single unit; a file may contain text, calculations, graphics, or software routines. See Client-user options file, Corrupted file, RSV file verb To store information.

file

(fīl)
Dental instrument used to crush large calculus deposits and to smooth, grind, and cut. Its working-end has several cutting edges.

file,

n 1. a metal tool of varying size and form with numerous ridges or teeth on its cutting surfaces; may be push-cut or pull-cut; used for smoothing or dressing down metals and other substances.
2. a collection of records; an organized collection of information directed toward some purpose such as patient demographic data. The records in a file may or may not be sequenced according to a key contained in each record.
v 3. to reduce by means of a file.
file, gold,
n a file designed for removing surplus gold from gold restorations; may be pull-cut or push-cut.
file, Hirschfeld-Dunlop,
n.pr a periodontal file used with a pull stroke for the removal of calculus; available in various angulations for approach to different surfaces of teeth.
file, periodontal,
n an instrument with multiple, angled cutting edges used to roughen the surface of a smooth calculus deposit before removal with a curet.
file, root canal,
n a small metal hand instrument with tightly spiraled blades used to clean and shape the canal.
file, sharpening,
n a difficult honing procedure requiring special tools designed to address the file's numerous parallel ridges.
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The processor gives consumers extensive multi-tasking capabilities like creating digital content while checking and writing e-mails and simultaneously downloading music files off the Web.
New findings from TEMPO, the Ipsos-Insight quarterly study of digital music behaviors, reveal that, in December of 2004, nearly half (47%) of American downloaders aged 12 and older had paid a fee to download music or MP3 files off of the Internet.
New findings from TEMPO, the company's quarterly study of digital music behaviors, reveal that in July of 2004, more than one-third (35%) of American downloaders aged 12 and older had paid a fee to download music or MP3 files off of the Internet, roughly a 150% increase over levels witnessed in late 2003 (compared to 22% in December 2003).
The two-millimeter-square chip packs in half a megabyte of flash memory and can swap all its data in less than a second, so you can load it up and read files off it almost instantaneously.
Users can then determine which action to take and whether or not to clear those large files off their drives.
This hacking tool is designed to silently copy files off any USB flash drive connected to a PC and makes an image of the drive enabling someone with malicious intent to steal data or even use recovery tools to retrieve deleted material.
New findings from TEMPO, the company's quarterly study of digital music behaviors, reveal that in late June of 2003, as the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) announced their intention to begin prosecuting individual file-sharers, roughly one out of six (16%) American downloaders aged 12 and older had paid a fee to download music or MP3 files off of the Internet.
In many enterprises, it is possible today to walk up to any personal computer or laptop, insert a flash drive, copy sensitive files off of the target hard drive and disconnect, even if the computer was locked by the user.