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Definition: parent folder

A folder that is one level up from the current directory in a file hierarchy. In a DOS, Windows or Mac command line, two dots (..) refer to the preceding folder/directory level. The command cd .. moves the focus back one level. See file hierarchy.

An Android File Hierarchy
Tapping the "Parent folder" icon takes the user back one level in this file manager app in a Cyanogen-based OnePlus One smartphone.