Definition of PDF in US English:



  • 1A file format that provides an electronic image of text or text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted.

    • ‘Back issues are posted in both PDF and HTML versions.’
    • ‘Many students will print these notes from either word processor or pdf files.’
    • ‘Our website also carries at least three complete articles per back number in pdf format.’
    • ‘Each time a new issue is posted on our Web site, an e-mail will go out with a link to a PDF file.’
    • ‘All current issues of their mags are free to download in pdf.’
    • ‘Registered students have access to the PDF files via the University's distance learning Web site.’
    1. 1.1 A file in PDF format.
      ‘I sent him a PDF of the article’
      • ‘A designer couldn't just email a pdf to the client in what seems like an easy, two-second process.’
      • ‘The link should download a pdf of the press release announcing the new logo.’
      • ‘Having said that, a pdf would appear to be the easiest option.’
      • ‘However, it was used improperly in the pdf.’
      • ‘The most interesting is on the state of the aviation industry, running to 52 pages in a pdf.’


1990s: abbreviation of Portable Document Format.