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Meaning of format

for•mat

Pronunciation: (fôr'mat), [key]
— n., v., -mat•ted, -mat•ting.
—n.
  1. the shape and size of a book as determined by the number of times the original sheet has been folded to form the leaves. Cf. duodecimo, folio (def. 2),
  2. the general physical appearance of a book, magazine, or newspaper, such as the typeface, binding, quality of paper, margins, etc.
  3. the organization, plan, style, or type of something: The format of the show allowed for topical and controversial gags.
  4. the arrangement of data for computer input or output, such as the number and size of fields in a record or the spacing and punctuation of information in a report.
—v.t.
  1. to plan or provide a format for: to format the annual telethon.
  2. Some word-processing programs format output in a variety of ways.
    1. to set the format of (input or output):Some word-processing programs format output in a variety of ways.
    2. to prepare (a disk) for writing and reading.
—v.i.
  1. to devise a format.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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