Definition - Transitive Verb
1  : to furnish evidence or proof of
2  : to act as witness of: as
a  : to see the execution of (an instrument) and sign for the purpose of establishing authenticity <~ a will>
b  : to be formally present as a witness of (as a transaction or the execution of a convict)
3 a  : to see or experience directly
b  : to take note of
: to bear witness
: give evidence

Definition - adj
: being an object or location used to ascertain a precise boundary point esp. on a corner of a tract when marking that point itself is impracticable or impossible <a ~ tree> <a ~ corner>

Definition - Noun
[Old English witnes knowledge, testimony, witness, from wit mind, sense, knowledge]
1 a  : attestation of a fact or event <in ~ whereof the parties have executed this release>
b  : evidence (as of the authenticity of a conveyance by deed) furnished by signature, oath, or seal
2  : one who gives evidence regarding matters of fact under inquiry
: one who testifies or is legally qualified to testify in a case or to give evidence before a judicial tribunal or similar inquiry <a ~ before a congressional committee> <no person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a ~ against himself ­U.S. Constitution amend. V>
compare affiant deponent

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