"formats" in the noun sense
1. format, formatting, data format, data formatting
the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
the general appearance of a publication
"formats" in the verb sense
1. format, arrange
set (printed matter) into a specific format
"Format this letter so it can be printed out"
determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
3. format, initialize, initialise
divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
"Please format this disk before entering data!"
Source: WordNet® (An amazing lexical database of English)
Princeton University "About WordNet®."
WordNet®. Princeton University. 2010.
View WordNet® License