format

In saving a new electronic document, you must choose a format, for instance PDF, Word doc, or XML, which dictates how the information is to be organized, displayed, and manipulated.

To format information is to arrange it according to preexisting parameters. Electronic files require a format or, more commonly, a "file type," so computers will know how to open, read, and change them. Entertainment media are delivered in such varied formats as VHS, CD, DVD, MP3, and MOV. In the world of AM/FM radio, format is the type of music a station plays, such as top-40, urban, dance, or country.

Primary Meanings of format

1.
nv
the general appearance of a publication
set (printed matter) into a specific format
2.
nv
the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
Full Definitions of format
1

n the general appearance of a publication

Type of:
appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

v set (printed matter) into a specific format

Format this letter so it can be printed out”
Synonyms:
arrange
Types:
indent
set in from the margin
rubricate
furnish with rubrics or regulate by rubrics
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

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

Synonyms:
data format, data formatting, formatting
Types:
high-level formatting
(computer science) the format for the root directory and the file allocation tables and other basic configurations
initialisation, initialization, low-level formatting
(computer science) the format of sectors on the surface of a hard disk drive so that the operating system can access them and setting a starting position
Type of:
info, information
a message received and understood

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

Type of:
determine, set
fix conclusively or authoritatively

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

“Please format this disk before entering data!”
Synonyms:
initialise, initialize
Type of:
carve up, dissever, divide, separate, split, split up
separate into parts or portions

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