computer file

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Noun1.computer file - (computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable formcomputer file - (computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable form
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
data file, file - a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together
backup file - (computer science) a computer file dedicated to storing and updating computer backups
binary file - (computer science) a computer file containing machine-readable information that must be read by an application; characters use all 8 bits of each byte
main file, master file - (computer science) a computer file that is used as the authority in a given job and that is relatively permanent
disk file - (computer science) a computer file stored on a magnetic disk and identified by a unique label
detail file, transaction file - (computer science) a computer file containing relatively transient data about a particular data processing task
input data, input file - (computer science) a computer file that contains data that serve as input to a device or program
output file - (computer science) a computer file that contains data that are the output of a device or program
read-only file - (computer science) a file that you can read but cannot change
text file, document - (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using seven-bit ASCII characters