document[däk′yo̵̅o̅ mənt, -yə-; for v., -ment′]
- The definition of a document is a piece of paper or papers containing information often used as proof or a record of something.
An example of document is the United States Constitution.
- Document is defined as to gather and report the details of something or prove something.
An example of document is a writer covering an event for a newspaper article.
The United States Constitution is an historic document.
- anything printed, written, etc. that contains information or is relied upon to record or prove something
- anything serving as proof
Origin of documentMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin documentum, lesson, example, proof ; from docere, to teach: see decent
- to provide with a document or documents
- to provide (a book, pamphlet, etc.) with documents or supporting references
- to prove, as by reference to documents
- to gather and report the details of; cover or chronicle
- a. A written or printed paper that bears the original, official, or legal form of something and can be used to furnish decisive evidence or information.b. Something, such as a recording or a photograph, that can be used to furnish evidence or information.c. A writing that contains information.d. Computers A piece of work created with an application, as with a word processor.e. Computers A computer file that is not an executable file and contains data for use by applications.
- Something, especially a material substance such as a coin bearing a revealing symbol or mark, that serves as proof or evidence.
transitive verbdoc·u·ment·ed, doc·u·ment·ing, doc·u·ments
- To furnish with a document or documents.
- To support (an assertion or claim, for example) with evidence or decisive information.
- To support (statements in a book, for example) with written references or citations; annotate.
Origin of documentMiddle English, precept, from Old French, from Latin documentum, example, proof, from docēre, to teach; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
- An original or official paper relied upon as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. Any material substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by any species of conventional mark or symbol.
(third-person singular simple present documents, present participle documenting, simple past and past participle documented)
- To record in documents.
- He documented each step of the process as he did it, which was good when the investigation occurred.
- To furnish with documents or papers necessary to establish facts or give information.
- A ship should be documented according to the directions of law.
From Middle French document.
document - Computer Definition
(1) Originally, the term referred to only a file created in a word processor. When Apple introduced the Macintosh in the mid-1980s, it called every data file a document no matter which software application was used to create it. The terminology migrated to the Windows environment, which later provided a My Documents folder as the default storage location for all personal data. Default folders for pictures, music and videos are located in the My Documents folder. See template and style sheet.
(2) Any paper form whether printed, typed or handwritten that is used to transact business or make some official statement.
document - Legal Definition
- Information captured on paper or in electronic format. Under the rules of evidence, the term receives the broadest possible interpretation and may include such items as photographs, audiotapes, etc.
- To record something, typically in writing, or to produce documents to substantiate an assertion.