• WordNet 3.6
    • v format divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data "Please format this disk before entering data!"
    • v format determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
    • v format set (printed matter) into a specific format "Format this letter so it can be printed out"
    • n format the general appearance of a publication
    • n format the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres
    • Format (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.
    • Format The general organization, form, or plan for anything, such as an organized social, political, or entertainment event.
    • Format (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.
    • Format (Print) The shape and size of a book or other printed publication; hence, its external form. "The older manuscripts had been written in a much larger format than that found convenient for university work.""One might, indeed, protest that the format is a little too luxurious."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n format In printing, the shape and size of a book, as, for example, duodecimo, octavo, quarto, folio, etc.
    • n format In painting, engraving, etc., the relation between length and breadth of surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Format for′ma of books, &c., the size, form, shape in which they are issued.
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  • John Dewey
    “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”
  • Wayne Calloway
    Wayne Calloway
    “We take eagles and teach them to fly in formation.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “I believe that the first step in the setting of a real external world is the formation of the concept of bodily objects and of bodily objects of various kinds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. or G. Cf. Formation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The Germans came on in their customary massed formation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Large bodies of German infantry came on against the Russian positions in close formation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
We know very little of the formation of the thermal belts on high land so favorable to the grape.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Crystals, formation of, 265-268.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Since the fresh formation of red blood corpuscles by means of the megaloblastic method is clearly much slower.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
Formation of new chromatin.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
At their early formative stage, they are cartilaginous.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
In the formation of these groups, the process of social selection is always in evidence.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
He could go up in formation, keep his eye on his flight commander, obey orders, and keep his head when he saw an enemy plane.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
We may make a similar calculation with the combustion of hydrogen gas and the consequent formation of water.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
It is necessary to the formation of animal muscle.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
He demanded the formation of a revolutionary army, and preached the extermination of all traitors.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Evidently, two of the formation are in difficulties, for they drop farther and farther behind.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
Zircon looked at the formation with interest.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
They swept along in perfect formation like giant birds seeking a tree to light upon.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Allison took them up above the fleecy clouds and into the great, high-piled formations.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
City and country teachers are expected to teach classes about the formation and cultivation of soil.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The formation of the group of brass instruments, like that of the wood-wind is not absolutely uniform, and varies in different scores.
"Principles of Orchestration" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
In any event, the supposed formative laws are not obligatory.
"On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation" by August Weismann
The primary cause of the physical conditions that we now find in the valleys and plains was the formation of glaciers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Nature and time quite naked lie
To thine immense survey,
From the formation of the sky
To the great burning day.
"Hymn 67" by Isaac Watts
Mind in its first formation,
While in its plastic state,
Receives primal impressions
Which make it vile or great.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
I can see the true formation
Of each rock and tree and field,
In a perfect panorama
That time has not yet concealed.
"A Picture" by Jared Barhite
Your achievements overshadowed
any in the Three Kingdoms;
most famous of all was your design
for the Eight Formations.
"The Eight Formations" by Du Fu
The ox and yoke have some relation,
As do the horse and curbing rein.
But, in the day of man's formation,
He was not fashioned for the chain.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
"Speak, O man, less recent! Fragmentary fossil!
Primal pioneer of pliocene formation,
Hid in lowest drifts below the earliest stratum
Of volcanic tufa!
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte

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In science:

Larsen & Richtler (2000) also argue that “The cluster formation efficiency seems to depend on the SFR in a continuous way, rather than being related to any particularly violent mode of star formation”.
The Formation of Star Clusters
As discussed in §2.3, HST observations suggest that star formation can also be triggered by nearby bursts of star formation (e.g., around 30 Doradus; see Figures 1 and 2).
The Formation of Star Clusters
The essential ingredients of a good recipe for the formation and evolution of early-type galaxies should include a treatment of the star formation history, together with a scheme that links this to their dynamics and morphology.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
With this mechanism, DPs may define an explicit method for presenting the metadata format, which is especially useful for rarely used or repository-specific metadata formats.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
Using hydrodynamical simulations of the ΛCDM cosmology, that include both radiative cooling and a phenomenological model for star formation and supernovae feedback, we investigate the impact of galaxy formation on the X-ray properties of groups at redshift zero.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
The derivation of accurate abundances require realistic models of both the spectrum formation region and the spectrum formation process, which is the topic of the present contribution.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
The final word on this topic is not written yet however, as the 3D OH analyses sofar make the crucial assumption of LTE both in the line formation and in the OH molecule formation.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
The quantity ν is the efficiency of star formation, namely the inverse of the typical time scale for star formation.
The cosmic evolution of the galaxy luminosity density
This super star cluster appears to have a gravitationally bound nebula, and the lack of molecular gas suggests a very high star formation efficiency, consistent with the formation of a large, bound cluster.
Watching the Birth of Super Star Clusters
The star formation efficiency also appears to be quite high in this galaxy, ∼ 60 − 75%, which is consistent with the formation of bound clusters.
Watching the Birth of Super Star Clusters
For example, the supernova winds that some use to explain the suppression of star formation in dwarf galaxies at high redshift (Dekel & Silk 1986) has also been proposed as a possible mechanism for the truncation of metal-poor GC formation at early times (Beasley et al. 2002).
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
That is, we insist that even if the associations are isolated at their formation epoch (i.e. not sequential formation mode), the external pressure can affect their internal kinematics.
Velocity Dispersion of Dissolving OB Associations Affected by External Pressure of Formation Environment
Either the massive star formation began much later than low mass star formation in this cluster forming core or that the formation of massive star/UCHII region phases last for much longer than ∼105yrs.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
Berkeley Logical Interchange Format is an ASCII format developed at the university of Berkeley to describe a logic-level hierarchical circuit in textual form. 7 The executable code is obtained by gcc version egcs-2.91.66 with the -O2 optimisation flag.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation I: Star Formation, Feedback, Resolution and Matching the Tully–Fisher Relation (among other things).
Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation I: Star Formation, Feedback, Resolution and Matching the Tully--Fisher Relation (among other things)