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English noun: format

1. format (communication) the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)

Synonymsdata format, data formatting, formatting

Broader (hypernym)info, information

Narrower (hyponym)high-level formatting, initialisation, initialization, low-level formatting

Domain categorycomputer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system

2. format (attribute) the general appearance of a publication

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

Part meronympublication

English verb: format

1. format (creation) set (printed matter) into a specific format

SamplesFormat this letter so it can be printed out.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)indent, rubricate

2. format (cognition) determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)determine, set

3. format (change) divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

SamplesPlease format this disk before entering data!.

Synonymsinitialise, initialize

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)carve up, dissever, divide, separate, split, split up

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