Witch n. A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper. [Prov. Eng.]
1. 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.
2. An ugly old woman; a hag.
3. 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.]
4. Geom. A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
5. Zool. 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.
witch v. t. [imp. & p. p. witched p. pr. & vb. n. witching.] 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.
n 1: a female sorcerer or magician [syn: enchantress]
2: a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers
derived from the devil
3: an ugly evil-looking old woman [syn: hag, beldam, beldame,
v : cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone
or something [syn: hex, bewitch, glamour, enchant,
Occurs only in Ex. 22:18, as the rendering of _mekhashshepheh_,
the feminine form of the word, meaning "enchantress" (R.V.,
"sorceress"), and in Deut. 18:10, as the rendering of
_mekhashshepheth_, the masculine form of the word, meaning