[ fawr-mat ]
/ ˈfɔr mæt /
the shape and size of a book as determined by the number of times the original sheet has been folded to form the leaves.Compare duodecimo, folio(def 2), octavo, quarto.
the general physical appearance of a book, magazine, or newspaper, such as the typeface, binding, quality of paper, margins, etc.
the organization, plan, style, or type of something: The format of the show allowed for topical and controversial gags.
Computers. 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.
verb (used with object), for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting.
to plan or provide a format for: to format the annual telethon.
- to set the format of (input or output): Some word-processing programs format output in a variety of ways.
- to prepare (a disk) for writing and reading.
verb (used without object), for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting.
to devise a format.
How To Format And Cite A Word And DefinitionThere are different ways to format and cite a word and definition according to different manuals of style. The main thing to do is be consistent.
Origin of format
1830–40; < French < Latin (liber) fōrmātus (a book) formed (in a certain way)
Related formsfor·mat·ter, nounpre·for·mat, verb (used with object), pre·for·mat·ted, pre·for·mat·ting.re·for·mat, verb, re·for·mat·ted, re·for·mat·ting.
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Examples from the Web for formatted
The Technical Note has been formatted so you will not accidentally change anything in this paragraph.The Cock, The Mouse and the Little Red Hen|Flicit Lefvre
Any footnotes that were also sidenotes were formatted as sidenotes as that more nearly approximates the original format.Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (6 of 9)|Raphael Holinshed
British Dictionary definitions for formatted
/ (ˈfɔːmæt) /
the general appearance of a publication, including type style, paper, binding, etc
an approximate indication of the size of a publication as determined by the number of times the original sheet of paper is folded to make a leafSee also duodecimo, quarto
style, plan, or arrangement, as of a television programme
- the defined arrangement of data encoded in a file or for example on magnetic disk or CD-ROM, essential for the correct recording and recovery of data on different devices
- the arrangement of text on printed output or a display screen, or a coded description of such an arrangement
verb -mats, -matting or -matted (tr)
to arrange (a book, page, etc) into a specified format
Word Origin for format
C19: via French from German, from Latin liber formātus volume formed
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Science definitions for formatted
[ fôr′măt′ ]
The arrangement of data for storage or display.
To divide a disk into marked sectors so that it may store data.
To determine the arrangement of data for storage or display.
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