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
In order to “re-format,” however, it is crucial to understand how formatting went wrong in the first place.
Capitalization, accents and formatting markup have been normalized.Cyrano de Bergerac|Edmond Rostand
Minor corrections to formatting and missing punctuation (mostly in the bibliography) have been changed without an explicit note.
Minor inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation and formatting are retained as in the original.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
Formatting of less common characters such as and has been silently corrected to agree with the rest of the text.
Some inconsistencies in formatting and punctuation have been retained from the original.
British Dictionary definitions for formatting
- 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