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filing (noun) a small bit of metal filed off from a larger piece.
You must have seen iron, steel, and copper bits lying around at places where pieces of iron, steel, copper, etc., have been filed off or scraped. Such small bits are filings. A filing therefore is a small, thin bit of metal that comes off from a larger piece when it is scraped.
- A large heap of iron filings lay on the floor of the foundry, and one had to walk carefully to avoid being hurt by them.
- As he filed the iron rod to give it a finish, a small filing got stuck in his finger and had to be removed by a doctor.