Definition of format in English:

format

noun

  • 1The way in which something is arranged or set out:

    ‘the conventional format of TV situation comedies’
    • ‘For the first time, hospitals were able to order products using a standard electronic format.’
    • ‘What happens if a PhD Thesis cannot be articulated in a conventional format?’
    • ‘The modules are in a scripted format for the instructor.’
    • ‘The latter two tend to overlap, but the format allows for selective reading.’
    • ‘The species accounts come after the treatment of each family and follow a standard format.’
    • ‘On Sunday, mixed triples is the format with same starting time and conditions of play.’
    • ‘A show's format can also play in its favor, or not.’
    • ‘These thinkers can be arranged in a sequential format to help describe economic decision-making.’
    • ‘Recall can be improved by changing the format of your lecture part way through.’
    • ‘The course is presented in a scripted modular format on 26 topics.’
    • ‘However he twists the format in his favour, it can never be twisted enough to ensure him a victory.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, few members of the legislature appear to be adopting this format.’
    • ‘The podium is arranged in a familiar format with the interviewer's chair on the right and the sofas for the panel to the left.’
    • ‘These one-hour biographies are not made in the conventional format.’
    • ‘The show's format will have three contestants dealing with three rounds of sports trivia questions.’
    • ‘Interviews lasted 30-60 minutes and followed a structured format.’
    • ‘The table is organized in a format similar to that described for Table 3.’
    • ‘But the debate format has forced both men to come down from their pedestals.’
    • ‘Because of the latter, he was able to recognize that a raw milk creamery can't grow from a conventional format, that it needs instead to be part of a larger web as complex as itself.’
    • ‘The report should follow a standardized format to ensure key information is captured.’
    configuration, arrangement, pattern, array, alignment, positioning, disposition, order, ordering, organization, design, marshalling, grouping, layout
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    1. 1.1 The shape, size, and presentation of a book or periodical:
      ‘the format is A4 on newsprint’
      ‘(as modifier, in combination) large-format paperbacks’
      • ‘The format of this book is alive with visuals and packed with persuasive language.’
      • ‘This reader friendliness is present in the format: rather than use A4 paper it is the size of a paperback.’
      • ‘I quickly looked through it, but of note is the stand-up format of the book, or as they call it: Hands Free.’
      • ‘Graham presents a double-criticism of the book format as it relates to emblem studies: it cannot be indexed by the individual reader, and it is extremely cumbersome and slow.’
      • ‘I'm changing both the title and the format of the book, which is really of small consequence to you.’
      • ‘The paper will come in a compact format and be full colour.’
      • ‘This is a compliment to the broad range of topics within this book, their readability, and the accessible format through which Case presents them.’
      • ‘Please keep the Evening Press in its present format from Monday to Friday - we do not like the Saturday edition the size it is.’
      • ‘The format and presentation of this book makes it ideal for use as a basic introduction to Baptist history.’
      • ‘The real pleasure of the book lies in its format.’
      • ‘The layout of the page is determined not by the artist but by the format of the exemplar book.’
      • ‘The book format is planned carefully for efficiency of page turns and includes composer biographies and a short history of the piano duet.’
      • ‘The format of the book is a visual mess and difficult to navigate, just like the Chowhound website itself.’
      • ‘His crusading attitude towards children's food may partly explain the format of his new book, Jamie's Dinners.’
      • ‘Or is the idea of a ‘classic’ dying, because of the vast quantity of books published each year, and the merging of book and magazine formats?’
      • ‘The compact format will be similar to that which has proved so successful for the Independent in Britain.’
      • ‘The format of the book was a courageous, though calculated risk, but it nonetheless looks very encouraging at the moment.’
      • ‘I've accidentally underscored every argument a book retailer has ever made, in every forum where I've read them, against odd sizes and formats.’
      • ‘The format of the book is inviting and the reproductions of the artist's works are quality.’
      • ‘In the introduction, you have mentioned that you had first thought of the book in a different format.’
      design, style, presentation, appearance, look
      form, shape, size
      arrangement, plan, scheme, composition, make-up, configuration, structure, set-up
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    2. 1.2 The medium in which a sound recording is made available:
      ‘he has just re-issued the collection in CD format’
      • ‘Consumption of music recordings in a different format would require purchase of a compatible player.’
      • ‘For the time being it would probably be better, in most cases, to use cassettes or to make the message available in both formats - if this is affordable in your budget.’
      • ‘Yes, it is a gathering of songs, but the bulk of the book concerns their history, context and reproduction in recorded sound formats.’
      • ‘What the MP3 format of recording does is to sort of compress the written form of the song on a CD, so that more space is left on the disc to record more songs.’
      • ‘Some recordings in the 80's were done very poorly and probably sounded cruddy on both formats.’
      • ‘The MP3 digital audio format has been extended to allow the inclusion of digital rights management technology.’
      • ‘The single will also be available in several formats on iTunes, including a live version recorded by Coldplay and Stipe at the Texas music festival Austin City Limits earlier this year.’
      • ‘What are some of your feelings about surround sound and high-res release formats?’
      • ‘The format compacts sound to allow up to 10 hours of recording on one CD, which reduces this production from a hulking box-set to a slender two-disc pack.’
      • ‘Although the recording format is Pro Tools, everything goes to Tools through an analog 16-track Studer A800.’
      • ‘Though both are compressed sound formats, this was music well represented.’
      • ‘Songs are compressed according to the digital MP3 file format, which allows for easy transmission over the Web.’
      • ‘Over the 250 years since 1750 we have seen the development of radio, various formats for recorded music which can be played at will, cinema, television, and of course the print media.’
      • ‘I still find the sound quality of compressed formats like MP3 to be substandard, so I use my own recorded media only.’
      • ‘Two high quality formats are available on the disc, and both sound wonderful.’
      • ‘What this means is that mp3 is an encoding method used to put sound in a digital format.’
      • ‘At the moment, iPod only supports MP3 file formats to play music with.’
      • ‘Two different digital audio formats are used for networked access.’
      • ‘They are outstanding examples of a less-familiar, nearly-obsolete, sound recording format.’
      • ‘The MP3 format was developed by just one guy for his PhD thesis, with 2 fellows helping him.’
    3. 1.3Computing A defined structure for the processing, storage, or display of data:
      ‘a data file in binary format’
      • ‘These recommendations would cover such things as storage, file formats, metadata, and cataloging.’
      • ‘Choose between bitmap or JPEG file formats when saving screenshots to the hard drive.’
      • ‘Despite these difficulties, several new XML formats are gaining adoption.’
      • ‘AMC provides a guidebook, in downloadable PDF format, to accompany the Toolkit.’
      • ‘The downloadable PDF format makes it easy to get the latest player news and expert advice.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 (especially in computing) arrange or put into a format:

    ‘how to format a document’
    • ‘So after the landscape is sketched out through gathering material, I arrange and format the sounds into some kind of set or collection which works well together.’
    • ‘Describing his third LP as ‘typical Touch,’ Marks says he likes what he's created so far because he's not trying to format anything.’
    • ‘Many studios only accept scripts written with Final Draft because it formats everything by character, action, dialogue, shot and transition.’
    • ‘And it would be nice if they were formatted as clearly and readably as possible.’
    • ‘Since he (or the associate producer who formats his column for the web) phoned the headline in, I thought I'd offer some help.’
    • ‘I would just love to get some ideas on how to format this thing.’
    • ‘Instead, use the suggest a link form, which formats the suggestion for posting, is properly tagged by my mail-filters, and reaches not only me, but my co-editors as well.’
    • ‘Sometimes links in comments and in list elements aren't formatted correctly.’
    • ‘Did you format it, though, to have a new comic every week?’
    • ‘Groklaw members report leads, scan and format legal documents, and send in eyewitness reports from sessions of the court.’
    • ‘He asked that contributions be formatted as MS-Word documents.’
    • ‘I wrote all my posts in one huge Word document and spent much of yesterday formatting it to be printed.’
    • ‘We've posted a PDF version of the Maker Faire schedule, formatted for the Sony Reader.’
    • ‘Tapes were incredibly slow: a 120 mb backup would take over an hour, not to mention the time required to format them to make them useful.’
    • ‘Some of the groundwork has been done and the rules have been formatted and forwarded to the club.’
    • ‘Not to worry, we're going to end up with a gorgeous table, formatted like the image below in only a few seconds, complete with colored and styled text, perfectly aligned columns, and alternating rows of gradient color.’
    • ‘We present here the Book of Common Prayer in electronic form, formatted as the original.’
    • ‘But due to an error in the computer system which formatted the text, the letters were sent out addressing thousands of people by their first name only.’
    • ‘An examination of the documents by The Post shows that they are formatted differently from other Texas Air National Guard documents whose authenticity is not questioned.’
    • ‘Have a weirdly formatted company name and it sticks out like a sore thumb.’
    1. 1.1 Prepare (a storage medium) to receive data:
      ‘you will be able to format a disk’
      • ‘So, we formatted it, and did all sorts of wonderful things to it to make it nice and fresh for her.’
      • ‘Figure 2 demonstrates a disk that was randomized properly before being formatted to contain an encrypted filesystem.’
      • ‘I was wondering if there was a serious performance impact to formatting a Linux partition with the following commands.’
      • ‘The iSCSI volume can be partitioned, named and formatted like a normal disk drive.’
      • ‘‘He removed the failed disk, put a new one in the hot plug tray, dropped the tray on the ground, then put it into the machine then formatted the wrong disk,’ I say.’
      • ‘The .exe file is a self-extracting image that formats a floppy disk and writes the image to that disk.’
      • ‘I pointed out to him in the manual how to format a disk.’
      • ‘A user asked him why the floppy drive made that noise while formatting a new disk and he answered.’
      • ‘Here is a free resource Windows Setup Guide that can help you to learn about partitioning, formatting hard disks and installing Windows.’
      • ‘You can also run a repair disk, which will format the drive and check for bad blocks.’
      • ‘Just boot from the CD and it will format the hard disk, then install a security-hardened Linux kernel and load the Corporate Guardian software.’
      • ‘Instead, though, I've finally formatted the hard drive on my main PC and started again from scratch.’
      • ‘Windows will format the disk and ask you to give it a name.’
      • ‘These virtual disks can be formatted and file systems or databases mounted on them just like any conventional physical disk.’
      • ‘As of this writing, it's probably a bad idea to format a disk using this tool.’
      • ‘If you choose the latter, then you will need to format your hard disk and do a clean install of the operating system and applications.’
      • ‘On another note, we formatted the other computer and put XP on it.’
      • ‘Through an associated software utility, the disk is formatted and can be only unlocked when the security dongle is used.’
      • ‘As usual, the disk was freshly formatted, and configured with only one partition.’
      • ‘Worse still, it attempts to format a user's hard disk when a user next tries to reboot.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: via French and German from Latin formatus (liber) shaped (book), past participle of formare to form.

Pronunciation:

format

/ˈfɔːmat/