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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Witness  \Wit"ness\,  v.  i. 
  To  bear  testimony;  to  give  evidence;  to  testify.  --Chaucer. 
  The  men  of  Belial  witnessed  against  him  --1  Kings  xxi. 
  The  witnessing  of  the  truth  was  then  so  generally 
  attended  with  this  event  [martyrdom]  that  martyrdom  now 
  signifies  not  only  to  witness,  but  to  witness  to  death. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Witness  \Wit"ness\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Witnessed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Witnessing}.] 
  1.  To  see  or  know  by  personal  presence;  to  have  direct 
  cognizance  of 
  This  is  but  a  faint  sketch  of  the  incalculable 
  calamities  and  horrors  we  must  expect,  should  we 
  ever  witness  the  triumphs  of  modern  infidelity.  --R. 
  General  Washington  did  not  live  to  witness  the 
  restoration  of  peace.  --Marshall. 
  2.  To  give  testimony  to  to  testify  to  to  attest. 
  Behold  how  many  things  they  witness  against  thee. 
  --Mark  xv  4. 
  3.  (Law)  To  see  the  execution  of  as  an  instrument,  and 
  subscribe  it  for  the  purpose  of  establishing  its 
  authenticity;  as  to  witness  a  bond  or  a  deed. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Witness  \Wit"ness\,  n.  [AS.  witness,  gewitnes  from  witan  to 
  know  [root]133.  See  {Wit},  v.  i.] 
  1.  Attestation  of  a  fact  or  an  event;  testimony. 
  May  we  with  .  .  .  the  witness  of  a  good  conscience, 
  pursue  him  with  any  further  revenge?  --Shak. 
  If  I  bear  witness  of  myself,  my  witness  is  not  true. 
  --John  v.  31. 
  2.  That  which  furnishes  evidence  or  proof. 
  Laban  said  to  Jacob,  .  .  .  This  heap  be  witness,  and 
  this  pillar  be  witness.  --Gen.  xxxi. 
  51,  52. 
  3.  One  who  is  cognizant;  a  person  who  beholds,  or  otherwise 
  has  personal  knowledge  of  anything  as  an  eyewitness;  an 
  earwitness.  ``Thyself  art  witness  I  am  betrothed.'' 
  Upon  my  looking  round,  I  was  witness  to  appearances 
  which  filled  me  with  melancholy  and  regret.  --R. 
  4.  (Law) 
  a  One  who  testifies  in  a  cause  or  gives  evidence  before 
  a  judicial  tribunal;  as  the  witness  in  court  agreed 
  in  all  essential  facts. 
  b  One  who  sees  the  execution  of  an  instrument,  and 
  subscribes  it  for  the  purpose  of  confirming  its 
  authenticity  by  his  testimony;  one  who  witnesses  a 
  will  a  deed,  a  marriage,  or  the  like 
  {Privileged  witnesses}.  (Law)  See  under  {Privileged}. 
  {With  a  witness},  effectually;  to  a  great  degree;  with  great 
  force,  so  as  to  leave  some  mark  as  a  testimony.  [Colloq.] 
  This  I  confess,  is  haste  with  a  witness.  --South. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  someone  who  sees  an  event  and  tells  what  happened  [syn:  {informant}] 
  2:  a  close  observer;  someone  who  looks  at  something  (such  as  an 
  exhibition  of  some  kind);  "the  spectators  applauded  the 
  performance";  "television  viewers";  "sky  watchers 
  discovered  a  new  star"  [syn:  {spectator},  {viewer},  {watcher}] 
  3:  testimony  by  word  or  deed  to  your  religious  faith 
  4:  a  person  who  attests  to  the  genuineness  of  a  document  or 
  signature  by  adding  their  own  signature  [syn:  {attestant}] 
  v  1:  be  a  witness  to 
  2:  perceive  with  any  or  all  of  one's  senses  "We  found 
  Republicans  winning  the  offices";  "You'll  see  a  lot  of 
  cheating  in  this  school";  give  rise  to  or  be  characterized 
  by  "The  1960  saw  the  rebellion  of  the  younger  generation 
  against  established  traditions"  [syn:  {find},  {see}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  More  than  one  witness  was  required  in  criminal  cases  (Deut. 
  17:6;  19:15).  They  were  the  first  to  execute  the  sentence  on  the 
  condemned  (Deut.  13:9;  17:7;  1  Kings  21:13;  Matt.  27:1;  Acts 
  7:57,  58).  False  witnesses  were  liable  to  punishment  (Deut. 
  19:16-21).  It  was  also  an  offence  to  refuse  to  bear  witness 
  (Lev.  5:1). 

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