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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.
2. Something, especially a material substance such as a coin bearing a revealing symbol or mark, that serves as proof or evidence.
tr.v. (-mĕnt′) doc·u·ment·ed, doc·u·ment·ing, doc·u·ments
1. To furnish with a document or documents.
2. To support (an assertion or claim, for example) with evidence or decisive information.
3. To support (statements in a book, for example) with written references or citations; annotate.
[Middle English, precept, from Old French, from Latin documentum, example, proof, from docēre, to teach; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]
doc′u·ment′a·ble (-mĕn′tə-bəl) adj.
doc′u·ment′al (-mĕn′tl) adj.