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Noun: format  'for,mat
  1. The organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
    - formatting, data format, data formatting
     
  2. The general appearance of a publication
Verb: format (formatted,formatting)  'for,mat
  1. Set (printed matter) into a specific format
    "Format this letter so it can be printed out";
    - arrange
     
  2. Determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
     
  3. Divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
    "Please format this disk before entering data!";
    - initialize, initialise [Brit]

Derived forms: formats, formatted, formatting

Type of: appearance, carve up, change, determine, dissever, divide, info, information, separate, set, split, split up, visual aspect

Part of: publication

Encyclopedia: Format