1. [ noun ] (computer science) the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
Synonyms: data_format data_formatting formatting
Related terms: information low-level_formatting high-level_formatting computer
2. [ verb ] (computer science) divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
Synonyms: initialise initialize

"Please format this disk before entering data!"

Related terms: divide low-level_formatting
3. [ verb ] (computer science) determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
Related terms: determine
4. [ verb ] set into a specific format; of printed matter
Synonyms: arrange

"Format this letter so it can be printed out"

Related terms: change indent rubricate
5. [ noun ] the general appearance of a publication
Related terms: appearance publication
Similar spelling:   formative