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format

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noun for·mat \ˈfȯr-ˌmat\

Simple Definition of format

  • : the form, design, or arrangement of something (such as a book, magazine, or television or radio program)

  • : the way in which information is stored on a computer disk

Full Definition of format

  1. 1 :  the shape, size, and general makeup (as of something printed)

  2. 2 :  general plan of organization, arrangement, or choice of material (as for a television show)

  3. 3 :  a method of organizing data (as for storage) <various file formats>

Examples of format

  1. The journals are available in electronic format.

  2. The file is saved in MP3 format.



Origin of format

French or German; French, from German, from Latin formatus, past participle of formare to form, from forma


First Known Use: 1840


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format

verb for·mat

Simple Definition of format

  • : to arrange (something) in a particular format

  • : to prepare (a computer disk) so that it can store information in a particular format

Full Definition of format

for·mat·tedfor·mat·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrange (as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format

  3. 2 :  to prepare (as a computer disk) for storing data in a particular format

for·mat·ter noun

Examples of format

  1. The book is formatted in several different styles.

  2. The data was improperly formatted.



1964

First Known Use of format

1964



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