What does format mean?

Definitions for format
ˈfɔr mætfor·mat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. format, formatting, data format, data formattingnoun

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

  2. formatverb

    the general appearance of a publication

  3. format, arrangeverb

    set (printed matter) into a specific format

    "Format this letter so it can be printed out"

  4. formatverb

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

  5. format, initialize, initialiseverb

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

    "Please format this disk before entering data!"


  1. Formatnoun

    (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. Formatnoun

    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. formatverb

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


  1. formatnoun

    The layout of a document.

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

  2. formatnoun

    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. formatnoun

    A file type.

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

  4. formatverb

    To create or edit the layout of a document.

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

  5. formatverb

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

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

  6. formatverb

    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  

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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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  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. Television Debra Birnbaum:

    Corden has made the ‘Late Late Show’ his own, he’s completely reinvented the format with inventive games, his singing and dancing, and of course his Carpool Karaoke series -- and then there’s that infectious laugh. It's impossible to resist.

  2. Mario Centeno:

    I understand that we gain from disentangling the APP and interest rates in the forward guidance, in the current format one of the decisions is anticipating the other in a way that I don’t think is effective.

  3. Amazon Books:

    For the millions of us who are Harry Potter fans, a new Hogwarts story is a huge event, i could easily see young fans adapting to the format and using it to act out the play on their own.

  4. Casey Bloys:

    Conan's unique brand of energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist, comedy has charmed late-night audiences for nearly three decades, we can't wait to see what he and the rest of Team Coco will dream up for this brand new, variety format each week.

  5. 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.

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