\ ˌpē-(ˌ)dē-ˈef How to pronounce pdf (audio) \
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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 Vermont’s geography also means the state, which is 75% forested (pdf), is at low risk of wildfire and declining crop yields. Camille Squires, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 The phase 3 human trials had 28,000 participants, of which 1,000 were children between the ages of 12 and 18, according to the company’s July 1 press release (pdf). Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 Aug. 2021 Walmart today reported e-commerce sales in the US rose 6% during the three months through July 31, according to its Aug. 17 earnings release (pdf). Marc Bain, Quartz, 17 Aug. 2021 According to new data (pdf, p. 1) from the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, the poverty rate jumped by 2.4% between June and November, reaching 11.7%. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 22 Dec. 2020 Artists can apply online at Zapplication.org or download and submit the pdf application. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2021 Click here for a pdf of the official and printable NCAA bracket for the 2021 men's basketball tournament. Star Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 The results of Week 99, by the way (pdf from what looks like microfilm here), were not especially classic. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 Now, researchers are even getting a sense of what those losses might mean for students’ economic prospects into adulthood, according to a new OECD report (pdf). Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 10 Sep. 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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“Pdf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pdf. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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