Definition of format in English:

format

noun

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

    ‘the format of the funeral service’
    • ‘The table is organized in a format similar to that described for Table 3.’
    • ‘The course is presented in a scripted modular format on 26 topics.’
    • ‘The report should follow a standardized format to ensure key information is captured.’
    • ‘A show's format can also play in its favor, or not.’
    • ‘The species accounts come after the treatment of each family and follow a standard format.’
    • ‘For the first time, hospitals were able to order products using a standard electronic format.’
    • ‘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 modules are in a scripted format for the instructor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the debate format has forced both men to come down from their pedestals.’
    • ‘These thinkers can be arranged in a sequential format to help describe economic decision-making.’
    • ‘Interviews lasted 30-60 minutes and followed a structured format.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, few members of the legislature appear to be adopting this format.’
    • ‘However he twists the format in his favour, it can never be twisted enough to ensure him a victory.’
    • ‘These one-hour biographies are not made in the conventional format.’
    • ‘The latter two tend to overlap, but the format allows for selective reading.’
    • ‘On Sunday, mixed triples is the format with same starting time and conditions of play.’
    • ‘Recall can be improved by changing the format of your lecture part way through.’
    • ‘The show's format will have three contestants dealing with three rounds of sports trivia questions.’
    • ‘What happens if a PhD Thesis cannot be articulated in a conventional format?’
    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 and presentation of this book makes it ideal for use as a basic introduction to Baptist history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the introduction, you have mentioned that you had first thought of the book in a different format.’
      • ‘The book format is planned carefully for efficiency of page turns and includes composer biographies and a short history of the piano duet.’
      • ‘I quickly looked through it, but of note is the stand-up format of the book, or as they call it: Hands Free.’
      • ‘This is a compliment to the broad range of topics within this book, their readability, and the accessible format through which Case presents them.’
      • ‘The paper will come in a compact format and be full colour.’
      • ‘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 compact format will be similar to that which has proved so successful for the Independent in Britain.’
      • ‘This reader friendliness is present in the format: rather than use A4 paper it is the size of a paperback.’
      • ‘The layout of the page is determined not by the artist but by the format of the exemplar book.’
      • ‘His crusading attitude towards children's food may partly explain the format of his new book, Jamie's Dinners.’
      • ‘The format of the book is inviting and the reproductions of the artist's works are quality.’
      • ‘The real pleasure of the book lies in its format.’
      • ‘I'm changing both the title and the format of the book, which is really of small consequence to you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The format of this book is alive with visuals and packed with persuasive language.’
      • ‘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 format of the book was a courageous, though calculated risk, but it nonetheless looks very encouraging at the moment.’
      • ‘The format of the book is a visual mess and difficult to navigate, just like the Chowhound website itself.’
      design, style, presentation, appearance, look
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    2. 1.2 The medium in which a sound recording is made available.
      ‘the album is available as a CD as well as on LP and cassette formats’
      • ‘Two different digital audio formats are used for networked access.’
      • ‘Although the recording format is Pro Tools, everything goes to Tools through an analog 16-track Studer A800.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What are some of your feelings about surround sound and high-res release formats?’
      • ‘Two high quality formats are available on the disc, and both sound wonderful.’
      • ‘Though both are compressed sound formats, this was music well represented.’
      • ‘At the moment, iPod only supports MP3 file formats to play music with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The MP3 format was developed by just one guy for his PhD thesis, with 2 fellows helping him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are outstanding examples of a less-familiar, nearly-obsolete, sound recording format.’
      • ‘The MP3 digital audio format has been extended to allow the inclusion of digital rights management technology.’
      • ‘Consumption of music recordings in a different format would require purchase of a compatible player.’
      • ‘Yes, it is a gathering of songs, but the bulk of the book concerns their history, context and reproduction in recorded sound formats.’
      • ‘What this means is that mp3 is an encoding method used to put sound in a digital format.’
      • ‘Songs are compressed according to the digital MP3 file format, which allows for easy transmission over the Web.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I still find the sound quality of compressed formats like MP3 to be substandard, so I use my own recorded media only.’
      • ‘Some recordings in the 80's were done very poorly and probably sounded cruddy on both formats.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Choose between bitmap or JPEG file formats when saving screenshots to the hard drive.’

verb

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

    • ‘Have a weirdly formatted company name and it sticks out like a sore thumb.’
    • ‘I wrote all my posts in one huge Word document and spent much of yesterday formatting it to be printed.’
    • ‘We present here the Book of Common Prayer in electronic form, formatted as the original.’
    • ‘Some of the groundwork has been done and the rules have been formatted and forwarded to the club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've posted a PDF version of the Maker Faire schedule, formatted for the Sony Reader.’
    • ‘Many studios only accept scripts written with Final Draft because it formats everything by character, action, dialogue, shot and transition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Groklaw members report leads, scan and format legal documents, and send in eyewitness reports from sessions of the court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes links in comments and in list elements aren't formatted correctly.’
    • ‘Did you format it, though, to have a new comic every week?’
    • ‘He asked that contributions be formatted as MS-Word documents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it would be nice if they were formatted as clearly and readably as possible.’
    1. 1.1 Prepare (a storage medium) to receive data.
      • ‘These virtual disks can be formatted and file systems or databases mounted on them just like any conventional physical disk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can also run a repair disk, which will format the drive and check for bad blocks.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘As usual, the disk was freshly formatted, and configured with only one partition.’
      • ‘Windows will format the disk and ask you to give it a name.’
      • ‘So, we formatted it, and did all sorts of wonderful things to it to make it nice and fresh for her.’
      • ‘Worse still, it attempts to format a user's hard disk when a user next tries to reboot.’
      • ‘Figure 2 demonstrates a disk that was randomized properly before being formatted to contain an encrypted filesystem.’
      • ‘I pointed out to him in the manual how to format a disk.’
      • ‘I was wondering if there was a serious performance impact to formatting a Linux partition with the following commands.’
      • ‘As of this writing, it's probably a bad idea to format a disk using this tool.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through an associated software utility, the disk is formatted and can be only unlocked when the security dongle is used.’
      • ‘A user asked him why the floppy drive made that noise while formatting a new disk and he answered.’
      • ‘On another note, we formatted the other computer and put XP on it.’
      • ‘The .exe file is a self-extracting image that formats a floppy disk and writes the image to that disk.’
      • ‘The iSCSI volume can be partitioned, named and formatted like a normal disk drive.’
      • ‘Here is a free resource Windows Setup Guide that can help you to learn about partitioning, formatting hard disks and installing Windows.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

format

/ˈfôrˌmat//ˈfɔrˌmæt/