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  1. The layout of a document.
  2. (hence) The form of presentation of something.
The radio station changed the of its evening program.
  1. (computing) A file type.
    verb (format, t, ing)
    1. To create or edit the layout of a document.
    2. Change a document so it will fit onto a different type of page.
    3. (computing) To prepare a mass storage medium for initial use, erasing any existing data in the process.
    I lost weeks of work when I inadvertently formatted my hard drive.
      Etymology: Via and , from liber formatus, fÅrmÄtus "book fashioned" < formo, fÅrmÅ "I shape, fashion"

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