A filing is when a legal document becomes part of the public record. Anyone can read a filing.

As you might imagine, a filing is an example of something being put in a file. You can take part in the physical act of filing by organizing documents in separate files. Or, you can execute a different type of filing by making a legal document public. After a public filing, a document is fair game for anyone to read, including members of the media. Another type of filing is produced from filing a metal. If you are filing away at your iron gate, for example, you will create iron filings. Best not to inhale those!

Definitions of filing
  1. noun
    the entering of a legal document into the public record
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    type of:
    entry, submission
    something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)
  2. noun
    preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.
    “I have some filing to do”
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    type of:
    the act of storing something
  3. noun
    the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
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    type of:
    formation, shaping
    the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
  4. noun
    a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file
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    metal filing
    a fragment of metal rubbed off by the use of a file
    iron filing
    a fragment of iron rubbed off by the use of a file
    type of:
    a piece broken off or cut off of something else
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