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FORMAT (formatted, formatting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does format mean? 

FORMAT (noun)
  The noun FORMAT has 2 senses:

1. the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
2. the general appearance of a publication

  Familiarity information: FORMAT used as a noun is rare.


FORMAT (verb)
  The verb FORMAT has 3 senses:

1. set (printed matter) into a specific format
2. determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
3. divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

  Familiarity information: FORMAT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORMAT (noun)


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Meaning:

The organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

data format; data formatting; format; formatting

Hypernyms ("format" is a kind of...):

info; information (a message received and understood)

Domain category:

computer; computing device; computing machine; data processor; electronic computer; information processing system (a machine for performing calculations automatically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "format"):

high-level formatting ((computer science) the format for the root directory and the file allocation tables and other basic configurations)

initialisation; initialization; low-level formatting ((computer science) the format of sectors on the surface of a hard disk drive so that the operating system can access them and setting a starting position)


Sense 2format [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The general appearance of a publication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("format" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Holonyms ("format" is a part of...):

publication (a copy of a printed work offered for distribution)


FORMAT (verb)


Sense 1format [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set (printed matter) into a specific format

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

format; arrange

Context example:

Format this letter so it can be printed out

Hypernyms (to "format" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "format"):

indent (set in from the margin)

rubricate (furnish with rubrics or regulate by rubrics)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2format [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "format" is one way to...):

determine; set (fix conclusively or authoritatively)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3format [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

initialize; initialise; format

Context example:

Please format this disk before entering data!

Hypernyms (to "format" is one way to...):

carve up; dissever; divide; separate; split; split up (separate into parts or portions)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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