Definitions for: Document

[n] anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
[n] writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
[n] (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using 7-bit ASCII characters
[n] a written account of ownership or obligation
[v] record in detail; "The parents documented every step of their child's development"
[v] support with evidence; "Can you document your claims?"

Webster (1913) Definition: Doc"u*ment, n. [LL. documentum, fr. docere to teach:
cf. F. document. See Docile.]
1. That which is taught or authoritatively set forth;
precept; instruction; dogma. [Obs.]

Learners should not be too much crowded with a heap
or multitude of documents or ideas at one time. --
I. Watts.

2. An example for instruction or warning. [Obs.]

They were forth with stoned to death, as a document
to others. -- Sir W.

3. An original or official paper relied upon as the basis,
proof, or support of anything else; -- in its most
extended sense, including any writing, book, or other
instrument conveying information in the case; any material
substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by
any species of conventional mark or symbol.

Saint Luke . . . collected them from such documents
and testimonies as he . . . judged to be authentic.

Doc"u*ment, v. t.
1. To teach; to school. [Obs.]

I am finely documented by my own daughter. --

2. To furnish with documents or papers necessary to establish
facts or give information; as, a a ship should be
documented according to the directions of law.

Synonyms: papers, text file, written document

See Also: affirm, article, articles of incorporation, ASCII text file, ballot, brevet, capitualtion, certificate, certificate of indebtedness, certification, charter, clause, commercial document, commercial instrument, communication, computer file, confession, confirm, copyright, corroborate, credential, credentials, debt instrument, declaration, enclosure, enter, form, inclosure, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, letter, letter of credit, missive, official document, papyrus, patent, patent of invention, piece of writing, platform, political platform, political program, preamble, program, put down, quittance, record, record, representation, resignation, resolution, resolve, right of first publication, source, specification, substantiate, support, sustain, web page, writing, written material

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