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