Definitions for FORMATˈfɔr mæt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•matˈfɔr mæt(n.; v.)-mat•ted, -mat•ting.

  1. (n.)the shape and size of a book as determined by the number of times the original sheet has been folded to form the leaves.

    Ref: Compare duodecimo, folio (def. 2), 2 octavo , quarto .

  2. the general physical appearance of a book, magazine, or newspaper.

  3. the organization, plan, style, or type of something.

  4. the arrangement of data for computer input or output, as the number of fields in a database record or the margins in a report.

    Category: Computers

  5. the programming featured by a radio or television station:

    a talk-show format.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. (v.t.)to plan or provide a format for.

  7. to set the format of (computer data input or output). to prepare (a computer disk) for writing and reading.

    Category: Computers

  8. (v.i.)to devise a format.

Origin of format:

1830–40; < F < G < L (liber) fōrmātus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. format, formatting, data format, data formatting(noun)

    the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)

  2. format(verb)

    the general appearance of a publication

  3. format, arrange(verb)

    set (printed matter) into a specific format

    "Format this letter so it can be printed out"

  4. format(verb)

    determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)

  5. format, initialize, initialise(verb)

    divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

    "Please format this disk before entering data!"


  1. format(Noun)

    The layout of a document.

  2. format(Noun)

    The form of presentation of something.

    The radio station changed the format of its evening program.

  3. format(Noun)

    A file type.

  4. format(Verb)

    To create or edit the layout of a document.

  5. format(Verb)

    Change a document so it will fit onto a different type of page.

  6. format(Verb)

    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.

  7. Origin: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. format

    1. In photography, the size and/or shape of a negative or of the print therefrom. 2. In cartography, the shape and size of a map or chart.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FORMAT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4478

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FORMAT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3836

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FORMAT' in Nouns Frequency: #1558

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shape and size, eg that of a book, magazine etc.

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