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single file

n.
A line of people, animals, or things standing or moving one behind the other. Also called Indian file.

single file adv.

single file

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

sin′gle file′


n.
1. a line of persons or things arranged one behind the other.
adv.
2. in such a line: to walk single file.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.single file - a line of persons or things ranged one behind the othersingle file - a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
snake dance - a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
column - a line of units following one after another
line - a formation of people or things one behind another; "the line stretched clear around the corner"; "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"
Translations

single file

n in single filein fila indiana
References in classic literature ?
As the cavalcade took up the line of march in single file, Sola dragged me into an empty chariot and we proceeded with the procession toward the point by which I had entered the city the day before.
On a summer afternoon in the Castle gardens, I have seen six students march solemnly into the grounds, in single file, each carrying a bright Chinese parasol and leading a prodigious dog by a string.
About night we landed at one of them little Missouri towns high up toward Iowa, and had supper at the tavern, and got a room upstairs with a cot and a double bed in it, but I dumped my bag under a deal table in the dark hall while we was moving along it to bed, single file, me last, and the landlord in the lead with a tallow candle.
If Levin could have understood why, just as he saw why one can only approach the booking office of a railway station in single file, it would not have been so vexatious and tiresome to him.
At other times in single file, first one and then the other in advance.
At the far eastern confine a strange cavalcade strung, in single file, over the brow of a low hill.
After our visitors rode away in single file over the hill, we returned to the kitchen.
The third day found them on the run-ways of the bushmen--narrow paths that compelled single file and that turned and twisted with endless convolutions through the dense undergrowth.
He was not long in making the discovery, for the sides of the mountain came closer together until finally there was but a narrow path between them, along which Ozma and her party were forced to pass in single file.
They had arrived at the top of a long line of some eight hundred men in single file, and Lord George had turned his head to look back, when a loud cry of recognition--in that peculiar and half- stifled tone which a voice has, when it is raised in the open air and in the midst of a great concourse of persons--was heard, and a man stepped with a shout of laughter from the rank, and smote Barnaby on the shoulders with his heavy hand.
In single file they followed it for about half an hour.
Bulan was in the lead, and close behind him in single file lumbered his awkward crew.

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