One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Each time a new issue is posted on our Web site, an e-mail will go out with a link to a PDF file.’
- ‘Registered students have access to the PDF files via the University's distance learning Web site.’
- ‘Our website also carries at least three complete articles per back number in pdf format.’
- ‘Back issues are posted in both PDF and HTML versions.’
- ‘Many students will print these notes from either word processor or pdf files.’
- ‘All current issues of their mags are free to download in pdf.’
- 1.1 A file in PDF format.‘I sent him a PDF of the article’
- ‘However, it was used improperly in the pdf.’
- ‘The link should download a pdf of the press release announcing the new logo.’
- ‘The most interesting is on the state of the aviation industry, running to 52 pages in a pdf.’
- ‘A designer couldn't just email a pdf to the client in what seems like an easy, two-second process.’
- ‘Having said that, a pdf would appear to be the easiest option.’
1990s: abbreviation of Portable Document Format.
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