Document Doc"u*ment, n. [LL. documentum, fr. docere to teach: cf. F. document. See Docile.] 1. That which is taught or authoritatively set forth; precept; instruction; dogma. [Obs.] Learners should not be too much crowded with a heap or multitude of documents or ideas at one time. -- I. Watts. 2. An example for instruction or warning. [Obs.] They were forth with stoned to death, as a document to others. -- Sir W. Raleigh. 3. An original or official paper relied upon as the basis, proof, or support of anything else; -- in its most extended sense, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information in the case; any material substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by any species of conventional mark or symbol. Saint Luke . . . collected them from such documents and testimonies as he . . . judged to be authentic. --Paley., Document Doc"u*ment, v. t. 1. To teach; to school. [Obs.] I am finely documented by my own daughter. -- Dryden. 2. To furnish with documents or papers necessary to establish facts or give information; as, a a ship should be documented according to the directions of law.