format

noun
for·mat | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat \

Definition of format 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

format

verb
formatted; formatting

Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to arrange (something, such as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format

2 : to prepare (something, such as a computer disk) for storing data in a particular format

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Other words from format

Verb

formatter noun

Examples of format in a Sentence

Noun

The journals are available in electronic format. The file is saved in MP3 format.

Verb

The book is formatted in several different styles. The data was improperly formatted.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her latest, Everything Is Love—a collaboration with her husband, Jay-Z—will be the latest test of her unique stature as a pop-cultural agenda-setter who endures without multi-format hit singles. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 The menu climaxes with two large-format dishes meant to be shared, accompanied by a half-dozen banchan—seaweed, sweet potato salad, radish and cabbage kimchis. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 The smaller-format store will operate as usual but with an emphasis on home delivery, betting that Longwood residents have better things to do than wander the grocery store. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Longwood Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 In many of his Florida photos, Butcher uses a large-format view camera, in which the lens forms an inverted image on a ground glass screen directly at the plane of the film. Tamara Lush, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher explores surrealist artist Dali's roots," 18 June 2018 There are regular entrees and large-format ones, and if your party is large enough, by all means take a shot at one of the big boys. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Robert Koch Gallery Andric Ljubodrag, large-format color photographs. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Art listings," 14 June 2018 George Lawrence later perfected a method of taking panoramas from above by strapping large-format cameras with curved film plates to kites. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Aerial Photography Has Changed the World. Drones Are Just the Latest Example," 30 May 2018 Launching tonight at New York’s Taschen store, the book joins the ranks of other large-format Taschen volumes from artists such as Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, and Ai Weiwei. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "I Go to Rio: Beatriz Milhazes’ Coffee Table Book Is the Gift to End All Gifts," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The playoffs are formatted as single-elimination, first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The USL And Hartford's New Pro Soccer Team," 12 July 2018 Dignity said the problem originated from an email list formatted by one of its vendors, the online appointment scheduling site Healthgrades, which contained a sorting error. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Data breach at Dignity Health affected 56,000 patients, is under investigation," 12 June 2018 The gauge array can be electronically formatted to highlight various functions, including the Virtual Cockpit of the navigation map as a background. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 But there are still some key differences between IGTV and YouTube as products, the biggest being their approaches to formatting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim at YouTube," 20 June 2018 But Weyand studied pronghorn antelopes in the lab, specially formatting treadmills that could go fast enough. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Human Speed," 15 June 2018 For more information to help job seekers, such as formatting tips for your resume, check Emory's list of FAQs. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "These metro Atlanta companies are making the biggest hires this June," 5 June 2018 According to some of the teachers that wrote these standards, the state normally edits for clarity and grammar and makes changes to document formatting. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted," 23 May 2018 The document, formatted as a slide presentation, was dated several months after the settlement but well before the denial order. Graham Webster, Washington Post, "China’s ZTE has long been on Washington’s radar, for quite a few reasons. Here’s the story.," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of format

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for format

Noun

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

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format

noun

English Language Learners Definition of format

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

format

verb

English Language Learners Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange (something) in a particular format

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

format

noun
for·mat | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmat \

Kids Definition of format

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the general organization or arrangement of something

format

verb
formatted; formatting

Kids Definition of format (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to organize or arrange in a certain way

2 : to prepare for storing computer data format a disk

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