- a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.
- any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature.
- a computer data file.
- Archaic. evidence; proof.
- to furnish with documents.
- to furnish with references, citations, etc., in support of statements made: a carefully documented biography.
- to support by documentary evidence: to document a case.
- Nautical. to provide (a vessel) with a certificate giving particulars concerning nationality, ownership, tonnage, dimensions, etc.
- Obsolete. to instruct.
Origin of document
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Examples from the Web for document
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
I am not the first or last person to document the hip-hop scene in Cuba.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.
When Kocureck was shown the document by InsideClimate News, he disputed the accusations.
He tears the document, and throws the pieces about furiously.The Imaginary Invalid
If we cling not to Him, our names to that document will be but as dust.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
A terrible sound arose when the reading of this document was done.A Tale of Two Cities
There he handed out Ferry's document and went on rummaging for mine.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
But if you had brought the document to me, you would have found me by far your best customer.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- a piece of paper, booklet, etc, providing information, esp of an official or legal nature
- a piece of text or text and graphics stored in a computer as a file for manipulation by document processing software
- archaic evidence; proof
- to record or report in detail, as in the press, on television, etcthe trial was well documented by the media
- to support (statements in a book) with citations, references, etc
- to support (a claim, etc) with evidence or proof
- to furnish (a vessel) with official documents specifying its ownership, registration, weight, dimensions, and function
Word Origin and History for document
early 15c., "teaching, instruction," from Old French document (13c.) "lesson, written evidence," from Latin documentum "example, proof, lesson," in Medieval Latin "official written instrument," from docere "to show, teach" (see doctor (n.)). Meaning "something written that provides proof or evidence" is from early 18c. Related: Documents.
1640s, "to teach;" see document (n.). Meaning "to support by documentary evidence" is from 1711. Related: Documented; documenting.