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witch

WITCH, n.

1. A woman who by compact with the devil, practices sorcery or enchantment.

2. A woman who is given to unlawful arts.

3. A winding sinuous bank.

WITCH, v.t. To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.

Ill witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.



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WITCH, n.

1. A woman who by compact with the devil, practices sorcery or enchantment.

2. A woman who is given to unlawful arts.

3. A winding sinuous bank.

WITCH, v.t. To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.

Ill witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.

WITCH, n. [Sax. wicca. See Wicked.]

  1. A woman who, by compact with the devil, practices sorcery or enchantment.
  2. A woman who is given to unlawful arts.
  3. [Sax. wic.] A winding, sinuous bank. [Obs.] – Spenser.
  4. A piece of conical paper which is placed in a vessel of lard, and being lighted, answers the purpose of a taper. [Qu. wick.] [Local.]

WITCH, v.t.

To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant. I'll witch sweet ladies with my words and looks. – Shak.


Witch
  1. A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  2. One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; -- now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well.

    There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a witch. Wyclif (Acts viii. 9).

    He can not abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch. Shak.

  3. To bewitch] to fascinate; to enchant.

    [I 'll] witch sweet ladies with my words and looks. Shak.

    Whether within us or without
    The spell of this illusion be
    That witches us to hear and see.
    Lowell.

  4. An ugly old woman; a hag.

    Shak.
  5. One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; - - said especially of a woman or child.

    [Colloq.]
  6. A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
  7. The stormy petrel.

    Witch balls, a name applied to the interwoven rolling masses of the stems of herbs, which are driven by the winds over the steppes of Tartary. Cf. Tumbleweed. Maunder (Treas. of Bot.) -- Witches' besoms (Bot.), tufted and distorted branches of the silver fir, caused by the attack of some fungus. Maunder (Treas. of Bot.) -- Witches' butter (Bot.), a name of several gelatinous cryptogamous plants, as Nostoc commune, and Exidia glandulosa. See Nostoc. -- Witch grass (Bot.), a kind of grass (Panicum capillare) with minute spikelets on long, slender pedicels forming a light, open panicle. -- Witch meal (Bot.), vegetable sulphur. See under Vegetable.

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Witch

WITCH, noun

1. A woman who by compact with the devil, practices sorcery or enchantment.

2. A woman who is given to unlawful arts.

3. A winding sinuous bank.

WITCH, verb transitive To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.

Ill witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.

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