1. Testimony; attestation of a fact or event.
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. John 5:31.
2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
Laban said, this heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Genesis 31:44.
3. A person who knows or sees any thing; one personally present; as, he was witness; he was an eye-witness. 1 Peter 5:1.
4. One who sees the execution of an instrument, and subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its authenticity b his testimony.
5. One who gives testimony; as, the witnesses in court agreed in all essential facts.
With a witness effectually; to a great degree; with great force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony behind. He struck with a witness [Not elegant.]
WITNESS, verb transitive
1. To see or know by personal presence. I witnessed the ceremonies in New York, with which the ratification of the constitution was celebrated, in 1788.
2. To attest; to give testimony to; to testify to something.
Behold, how many things they witness against thee. Mark 15:4.
3. To see the execution of an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
WITNESS, verb intransitive
1. To bear testimony.
The men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth. 1 Kings 21:10.
2. To give evidence.
The shew of their countenance doth witness against them. Isaiah 3:9.