Format meaning

fôrmăt
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.

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To arrange according to a format.
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A plan for the organization and arrangement of a specified production.
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A specific arrangement in accordance with which computer data is processed, stored, printed, etc.
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The material form or layout of a publication.
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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.
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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.

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The shape, size, binding, typeface, paper, and general makeup or arrangement of a book, magazine, etc.
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A particular audio or video recording and playback system, as VHS.
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Change a document so it will fit onto a different type of page.
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A basic form, style, or medium.
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The arrangement of fields of data in a block, frame, or cell. See also data format.
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To divide a disk into marked sectors so that it may store data.
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To determine the arrangement of data for storage or display.
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(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.
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The layout of a document.
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(hence) The form of presentation of something.

The radio station changed the format of its evening program.

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(computing) A file type.
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To create or edit the layout of a document.
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The arrangement of data for storage or display.
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(computing) To prepare a mass storage medium for initial use, erasing any existing data in the process.

I lost weeks of work when I inadvertently formatted my hard drive.

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Origin of format

  • French ultimately from Latin fōrmātus past participle of fōrmāre to form from fōrma form

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via French and German, from New Latin liber fōrmātus (“book fashioned”), from fōrmō (“I shape, fashion”).

    From Wiktionary