from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of the supplying of documents or supporting references or records.
  • noun The documents or references so supplied.
  • noun The collation, synopsizing, and coding of printed material for future reference.
  • noun Computers 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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