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Definition of pdf

: a computer file format for the transmission of a multimedia document that is not intended to be edited further and appears unaltered in most computer environments also : a document that uses this format

Examples of pdf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why an agreement signed today between the European Union and China to mutually recognize 200 European and Chinese GIs (pdf) is important. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The European and Chinese products that will have the same protections as French champagne," 14 Sep. 2020 At the time, the UK had the sixth-highest Covid-19 caseload (pdf) in Europe. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "France has a lesson for the UK in giving fair grades during a pandemic," 19 Aug. 2020 Infrastructure has been a sweet spot for China in India, as per policy think tank Brookings India (pdf). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India will need to step up if it wants to avoid Chinese money for its infrastructure projects," 2 July 2020 For instance, a column in the Tulsa Tribune (pdf, p. 26) reconstructing June 1, 1921 in Tulsa, published exactly 15 years from the day of the massacre, didn’t make any mention of it. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "We still don’t know just how much was lost in the Tulsa massacre of 1921," 18 June 2020 For example, the architecture firm MASS Design has been working with with doctors dealing with pandemics and has published a useful set of guidelines (pdf) for designing healthier spaces. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "We’re about to re-enter an office full of half-baked design prototypes," 19 May 2020 Use these letter-writing tips (pdf) to show them how to craft compelling letters asking for support from politicians and other leaders. Andrea Silen, National Geographic, "Activities to teach kids about climate change," 10 Mar. 2020 Users first must download or open a pdf file, which can run to hundreds of pages. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors," 3 Mar. 2020 South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, is a clear leader in renewable energy policy and projects, shows research (pdf) by BloombergNEF. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Renewable energy investment is taking big strides in sub-Saharan Africa," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pdf

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pdf

portable document format

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19 Sep 2020

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“Pdf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pdf. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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