- The definition of a format is an arrangement or plan for something written, printed or recorded.
An example of format is how text and images are arranged on a website.
- the shape, size, binding, typeface, paper, and general makeup or arrangement of a book, magazine, etc.
- general arrangement or plan, as of a television program
- a specific arrangement in accordance with which computer data is processed, stored, printed, etc.
- a particular audio or video recording and playback system, as VHS
Origin of formatGerman + Classical Latin formatus, past participle of formare: see form
- A plan for the organization and arrangement of a specified production.
- The material form or layout of a publication.
- Computers a. The arrangement of data for storage or display.b. A method for achieving such an arrangement.
transitive verbfor·mat·ted, for·mat·ting, for·mats
- To plan or arrange in a specified form: They formatted the conference so that each speaker had less than 15 minutes to deliver a paper.
- Computers a. To divide (a disk) into marked sectors to allow for the storage of data.b. To determine the arrangement of (data) for storage or display.
Origin of formatFrench, ultimately from Latin fōrmātus, past participle of fōrmāre, to form, from fōrma, form.
(third-person singular simple present formats, present participle formatting, simple past and past participle formatted)
format - Computer Definition
- The structure, organization, presentation, or appearance of a set of data in a document. The format of a set of data can include the coding scheme (e.g., ASCII, EBCDIC, or Unicode) and any compression technique (e.g., GIF, JPEG, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4) that might have been employed. In an e-mail application, textual data can be formatted as plain text or rich text, with the latter supporting bold, italics, and underline. The format of the data must be compatible with the application software that attempts to read it. See also ASCII, coding scheme, compression, EBCDIC, GIF, JPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, plain text, rich text, and Unicode.
- The arrangement of fields of data in a block, frame, or cell. See also data format.
(1) (noun) The structure of an item. Screen formats are the way the application's windows and data are presented for display. Report formats are the columns, headers and footers on a page. Record formats are the fields within a record. File formats are how programs and data files are laid out. There are many different file formats in each data category, and each one has its own codes and rules for storing the content. See file format, graphics formats, record, extension, header, disk format and style sheet.
(2) (verb) To initialize a storage medium (hard disk, CD-RW, etc.) to hold data. See format program.