What does format mean?

Definitions for format
ˈfɔr mætfor·mat

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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!"

GCIDE

  1. Format(n.)

    (Print.) the arrangement of the parts of a printed page, such as text and graphics; as, text flowing around an illustration provides a more pleasing format; multiple columns are a more common format for large pages.

    Etymology: [F. or G. Cf. Formation.]

  2. Format(n.)

    Hence, The general organization, form, or plan for anything, such as an organized social, political, or entertainment event.

    Etymology: [F. or G. Cf. Formation.]

  3. format(v. t.)

    to set into a specific format; -- of printed matter or data recorded on a data soorage medium.

Wiktionary

  1. format(Noun)

    The layout of a document.

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

  2. format(Noun)

    The form of presentation of something.

    The radio station changed the format of its evening program.

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

  3. format(Noun)

    A file type.

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

  4. format(Verb)

    To create or edit the layout of a document.

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

  5. format(Verb)

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

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

  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.

    Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, from formo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Format

    for′ma, n. of books, &c., the size, form, shape in which they are issued. [Fr.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. format

    A type of file.

    File format is important and ensures that documents are stored accurately and can be accessed easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  
  2. format

    The structure of a document, file or digital technology.

    The format of the document needed to be changed to ensure it was accessible.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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

How to pronounce format?

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How to say format in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of format in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of format in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of format in a Sentence

  1. Czech Petra Kvitova:

    I think it's great that it will happen, it's something new in the history. That's the sport. That's the format how we play in the groups and everything. It's very interesting.

  2. Anna Ready:

    They changed the underlying definition of staple foods to exclude foods that have multiple ingredients so that a mixed fruit cup or can of chicken noodle soup could no longer be counted towards a retailer’s stocking requirements, this is extremely onerous for small format retailers with limited storage space and it would be very costly to change supply and delivery, or even remodel a store, to comply with this.

  3. Chris Christie:

    That doesn't mean that I want us, the candidates, controlling the debate, the format and having everybody negotiate. We'll never agree.

  4. Petro Poroshenko:

    Our approach is very simple we have nothing to negotiate ... We have the Minsk format and we need immediately just a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy artillery and weapons and tanks from the touchline, the solution is very simple - stop supplying weapons ... withdraw the troops and close the border. Very simple peace plan. If you want to discuss something different, it means you are not for peace, you are for war.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Innovation, in actuality, is often the result of generations of product development that involves many iterations and numerous failures. Real Innovators are those who ultimately reorganize and re-format a culmination of this iterative know-how into a fabulous framework leading to a successful new product, novel process and a stronger company. Iterative innovation has always been as important as seminal innovation, imho, involving significant risks that often come with exceptional rewards.

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