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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), formatted, formatting.
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), formatted, formatting.
to devise a format.
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 leaf See 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 (transitive) -mats, -matting, -matted
to arrange (a book, page, etc) into a specified format
Noun 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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