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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of the supplying of documents or supporting references or records.
  • n. The documents or references so supplied.
  • n. The collation, synopsizing, and coding of printed material for future reference.
  • n. Computer Science The organized collection of records that describe the structure, purpose, operation, maintenance, and data requirements for a computer program, operating system, or hardware device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something transposed from a thought to a document; the written account of an idea.
  • n. Documents that explain the operation of a particular software program.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Instruction; teaching.
  • n. The preparation of records or documents for use or for filing.
  • n. Formal or authoritative instruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence
  • n. documentary validation
  • n. program listings or technical manuals describing the operation and use of programs

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