1 a piece of paper, booklet, etc., providing information, esp. of an official or legal nature
2 a piece of text, such as a letter or article, stored in a computer as a file for manipulation by document processing software
3 Archaic evidence; proof
4 to record or report in detail, as in the press, on television, etc.
the trial was well documented by the media
5 to support (statements in a book) with citations, references, etc.
6 to support (a claim, etc.) with evidence or proof
7 to furnish (a vessel) with official documents specifying its ownership, registration, weight, dimensions, and function (C15: from Latin documentum a lesson, from docere to teach)
n (Computing) a device that reads and inputs into a computer marks and characters on a special form, as by optical or magnetic character recognition
n a document sent by a person or firm making a takeover bid to the shareholders of the target company, giving details of the offer that has been made and, usually, reasons for accepting it
n (Brit) a document giving identification details of a motor vehicle, including its manufacturer, date of registration, engine and chassis numbers, and owner's name
n a document that has been or will be transcribed to a word processor or to the memory bank of a computer