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format

Computing
a. 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
b. the arrangement of text on printed output or a display screen, or a coded description of such an arrangement

format

[′fȯr‚mat]
(computer science)
The specific arrangement of data on a printed page, display screen, or such, or in a record, data file, or storage device.
To prepare a disk to store information by using a special program that divides the disk into storage units such as tracks and sectors.

format

An AIA standardized arrangement of the contents of the project manual, including bidding information, contract forms, conditions of the contract, and specifications (which are subdivided into the sixteen divisions illustrated under contract documents).

format

Formed web-extruded rib.
i. In photography, the size and/or shape of a negative or of the print.
ii. In cartography, the shape and size of a map or chart.

format

(storage)
disk format - to prepare a new, blank disk for writing.

format

(operating system)
file format - how data is arranged in a specific type of file.

format

(1) (noun) The structure of an item. Screen formats are the way the application's windows and data are presented for display. Report formats are the columns, headers and footers on a page. Record formats are the fields within a record.

File formats are how programs and data files are laid out. There are many different file formats in each data category, and each one has its own codes and rules for storing the content. See file format, graphics formats, record, extension, header, disk format and style sheet.

(2) (verb) To initialize a storage medium (hard disk, CD-RW, etc.) to hold data. See format program.
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