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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  format \format\ v. t.
     to set into a specific format; -- of printed matter or data
     recorded on a data soorage medium.
     Syn: arrange.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Format \For`mat"\ (f[-o]r`m[.a]" or f[-o]r`m[aum]t"), n. [F. or
     G. Cf. Formation.]
     1. (Print.) The shape and size of a book or other printed
        publication; hence, its external form. [WordNet sense 2]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
              The older manuscripts had been written in a much
              larger format than that found convenient for
              university work.                      --G. H.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
              One might, indeed, protest that the format is a
              little too luxurious.                 --Nature.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     2. (Print.) the arrangement of the parts of a printed page,
        such as text and graphics; as, text flowing around an
        illustration provides a more pleasing format; multiple
        columns are a more common format for large pages.
     3. (Computers) The pattern of organization of information in
        an electronic storage medium, such as the number and size
        of records, or the size, spacing, or separation symbols
        for fields in a record. A computer file, for example, may
        be in fixed-length format, in which each field or record
        occupies the same number of bytes, or in variable-length
        format, in which the lengths of fields or records varies.
        The number of formats are unlimited, being specifiable at
        will by programmers or in some cases by the users of
        programs. [WordNet sense 1]
     Syn: data format.
     4. Hence, The general organization, form, or plan for
        anything, such as an organized social, political, or
        entertainment event.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the organization of information according to preset
           specifications (usually for computer processing) [syn:
           format, formatting, data format, data formatting]
      2: the general appearance of a publication
      v 1: set (printed matter) into a specific format; "Format this
           letter so it can be printed out" [syn: format, arrange]
      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; "Please format this disk before entering data!" [syn:
         format, initialize, initialise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "format":
     Platonic form, Platonic idea, aesthetic form, anatomy, appearance,
     archetype, architectonics, architecture, arrangement, art form,
     aspect, build, building, cast, composition, configuration,
     conformation, constitution, construction, contents, creation, cut,
     design, dimensions, fabric, fabrication, fashion, fashioning,
     figuration, figure, forging, form, formation, frame, genre, getup,
     impression, inner form, layout, looks, make, makeup, making,
     manufacture, matrix, modality, mode, model, mold, molding, order,
     organic structure, organism, organization, pattern, patterning,
     physique, plan, production, prototype, set, set-up, setup, shape,
     shaping, significant form, size, stamp, structure, structuring,
     style, tectonics, texture, tissue, turn, type, warp and woof,
     weave, web

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  disk format - to prepare a new, blank disk for
     2.  file format - how data is arranged in
     a specific type of file.

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