Etymology
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filing (n.)

1712, verbal noun from file (v.1). Filing cabinet is from 1883.

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Definitions of filing

filing (n.)
the entering of a legal document into the public record;
filing (n.)
a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file;
filing (n.)
the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object);
filing (n.)
preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.;
I have some filing to do
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