What does witness mean?

Definitions for witness
ˈwɪt nɪswit·ness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word witness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. witness, witnesser, informant(noun)

    someone who sees an event and reports what happened

  2. spectator, witness, viewer, watcher, looker(noun)

    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"

  3. witness(noun)

    testimony by word or deed to your religious faith

  4. witness, attestant, attestor, attestator(noun)

    (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature

  5. witness(verb)

    (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law

  6. witness(verb)

    be a witness to

    "She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"

  7. witness, find, see(verb)

    perceive or be contemporaneous with

    "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"

Wiktionary

  1. witness(Noun)

    Attestation of a fact or event; the quality of witting something.

    She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  2. witness(Noun)

    One who has a personal knowledge of something.

    As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  3. witness(Noun)

    Someone called to give evidence in a court.

    The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  4. witness(Noun)

    Something that serves as evidence; a sign.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  5. witness(Verb)

    To furnish proof of, to show.

    This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  6. witness(Verb)

    To take as evidence.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  7. witness(Verb)

    To see, note, or gain knowledge of.

    He witnessed the accident.

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

  8. witness(Verb)

    To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.

    "I don't really want to be actively harrassed (I mean witnessed to) (...)"uE000152870uE001

    Etymology: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

Wikipedia

  1. Witness

    A witness is someone who has knowledge about a matter. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know. A percipient witness (or eyewitness) is one with knowledge obtained through his or her own senses (e.g., visual perception, hearing, smell, touch). That perception might be either with the unaided human sense or with the aid of an instrument, such as microscope or stethoscope. A hearsay witness is one who testifies about what someone else said or wrote. In most court proceedings there are many limitations on when hearsay evidence is admissible. Such limitations do not apply to grand jury investigations, many administrative proceedings, and may not apply to declarations used in support of an arrest or search warrant. Also some types of statements are not deemed to be hearsay and are not subject to such limitations. An expert witness is one who allegedly has specialized knowledge relevant to the matter of interest, which knowledge purportedly helps to either make sense of other evidence, including other testimony, documentary evidence or physical evidence (e.g., a fingerprint). An expert witness may or may not also be a percipient witness, as in a doctor or may or may not have treated the victim of an accident or crime. A reputation witness is one who testifies about the reputation of a person or business entity, when reputation is material to the dispute at issue. They are a person who aids that because of a persons interactions and personality the defendant is guilty/innocent In law a witness might be compelled to provide testimony in court, before a grand jury, before an administrative tribunal, before a deposition officer, or in a variety of other legal proceedings. A subpoena is a legal document that commands a person to appear at a proceeding. It is used to compel the testimony of a witness in a trial. Usually, it can be issued by a judge or by the lawyer representing the plaintiff or the defendant in a civil trial or by the prosecutor or the defense attorney in a criminal proceeding, or by a government agency. In many jurisdictions, it is compulsory to comply and with the subpoena and either take an oath or solemely affirm to testify truthfully under penalty of perjury. Although informally a witness includes whoever perceived the event, in law, a witness is different from an informant. A confidential informant is someone who claimed to have witnessed an event or have hearsay information, but whose identity is being withheld from at least one party (typically the criminal defendant). The information from the confidential informant may have been used by a police officer or other official acting as a hearsay witness to obtain a search warrant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witness(verb)

    attestation of a fact or an event; testimony

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  2. Witness(verb)

    that which furnishes evidence or proof

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  3. Witness(verb)

    one who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  4. Witness(verb)

    one who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  5. Witness(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  6. Witness(verb)

    to see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  7. Witness(verb)

    to give testimony to; to testify to; to attest

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  8. Witness(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

  9. Witness(verb)

    to bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify

    Etymology: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Witness

    A witness is someone who has, who claims to have, or is thought, by someone with authority to compel testimony, to have knowledge relevant to an event or other matter of interest. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know about the matter before some official authorized to take such testimony. A percipient witness or eyewitness is one who testifies what they perceived through his or her senses. That perception might be either with the unaided human sense or with the aid of an instrument, e.g., microscope or stethoscope, or by other scientific means, e.g.,a chemical reagent which changes color in the presence of a particular substance. A hearsay witness is one who testifies what someone else said or wrote. In most court proceedings there are many limitations on when hearsay evidence is admissible. Such limitations do not apply to grand jury investigations, many administrative proceedings, and may not apply to declarations used in support of an arrest or search warrant. Also some types of statements are not deemed to be hearsay and are not subject to such limitations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Witness

    wit′nes, n. knowledge brought in proof: testimony of a fact: that which furnishes proof: one who sees or has personal knowledge of a thing: one who attests.—v.t. to have direct knowledge of: to see: to give testimony to: to show: (Shak.) to foretell.—v.i. to give evidence.—ns. Wit′ness-box, the enclosure in which a witness stands when giving evidence in a court of law; Wit′nesser.—With a witness (Shak.), to a great degree. [A.S. witnes, testimony—witan, to know.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. witness

    One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; one who gives testimony. Every judge-advocate of a court-martial or court of inquiry has power to issue the like process, to compel witnesses to appear and testify, which courts of criminal jurisdiction within the State, Territory, or District where such military courts are ordered to sit may lawfully issue. For oath administered to witnesses, depositions, etc., see Appendix, Articles of War, 91, 92, and 118.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'witness' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4365

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'witness' in Nouns Frequency: #1287

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'witness' in Verbs Frequency: #701

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of witness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of witness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of witness in a Sentence

  1. Rodrigo Janot:

    Nobody will want to turn state's witness if they know they will not face punishment, imagine what will happen if people know they can act criminally and that the most remote thing in the universe is the chance that they would go to prison?

  2. Michael Rakowitz:

    Almost as soon as Carolyn [Christov-Bakargiev] showed me these images of this atelier, I immediately understood that also, as a city, it was these Armenian fingers and hands that were creating these motifs on the building that were bearing silent witness to the trauma in the past 100 years. And it was almost like this architectural seance, where these citizens that were forcibly forgotten, were able to come back in.

  3. Michael Kirby:

    It's part of the testimony of one witness whose testimony is referred to on one page of a 350-page report that includes the testimony of hundreds of other people, so keep it in proportion.

  4. Jennifer Conrad:

    This wasn’t a publicity stunt of any kind for her. She’s just got a tender heart. And she has really made my son's year. So, thank you! i am so grateful for the opportunity I had to take him to his homecoming and witness so many people coming together to support a really good cause. We had a fantastic time!

  5. Nikola Tesla, New York Times, October 19, 1931:

    If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search... I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.

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Translations for witness

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  • شاهدArabic
  • шаһитBashkir
  • prova, testimoni, evidència, atestat, veure, provar, testimoniatge, contemplar, testificarCatalan, Valencian
  • svědek, svědectvíCzech
  • vidneDanish
  • Zeuge, Zeugin, bezeugenGerman
  • ɖasedila, ɖaseɖiɖiEwe
  • μάρτυραςGreek
  • atestantoEsperanto
  • testigo, testimonio, testificar, prueba, probarSpanish
  • شاهدPersian
  • todistaja, todistaa, todistus, todiste, osoittaaFinnish
  • preuve, témoignage, témoigner, témoinFrench
  • fianaiseIrish
  • neach-fianais, fianaisScottish Gaelic
  • गवाहHindi
  • tanú, tanúság, fültanú, szemtanú, tanúsít, tanúságtételHungarian
  • հաստատել, ականատես, վկա, վկայություն, վկայելArmenian
  • saksiIndonesian
  • testimonianza, testimoniare, essere testimoneItalian
  • 目撃者, 証人, 証Japanese
  • 証人, 증인, 목격자, 目擊者Korean
  • mataaraMāori
  • getuige, getuigenisDutch
  • vitneNorwegian
  • świadectwo, świadekPolish
  • testemunho, provar, testemunha, testemunhar, prova, presenciarPortuguese
  • martorRomanian
  • понятой, свидетельство, подтвердить, очевидец, свидетель, подтверждать, свидетельница, свидетельстоватьRussian
  • svjedòčiti, svjèdok, svjedòkinja, svjedočánstvoSerbo-Croatian
  • svedkomSlovak
  • vittnesmål, vittne, vittna om, bevittnaSwedish
  • shahidiSwahili
  • సాక్షిTelugu
  • گواہUrdu

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