verb (used with object), for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting.
- 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.
Origin of format
Examples from the Web for formatting
Contemporary Examples of formatting
In order to “re-format,” however, it is crucial to understand how formatting went wrong in the first place.The End Of Deterrence
November 13, 2012
Historical Examples of formatting
The formatting of the original tables of contents has been normalised.A New Orchard And Garden
Punctuation, diacritical and formatting markup have been normalized.Little Jeanne of France
Punctuation and formatting are inconsistent in the list of references and in headings.British Pomology
Capitalization, accents and formatting markup have been normalized.Cyrano de Bergerac
Punctuation and formatting markup have been made consistent.Advice to Singers
Frederick James Crowest
- 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)
Word Origin for format
1840, via French format (18c.), ultimately from Modern Latin liber formatus "a book formed" (in such and such a way), referring to shape, size; from past participle of formare "to form" (see form (v.)).
used chiefly of computers, 1964, from format (n.). Related: Formatted; formatting.