evidence

Definitions

  • Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
    Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v evidence provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes "His high fever attested to his illness","The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication","This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
    • v evidence give evidence "he was telling on all his former colleague"
    • v evidence provide evidence for "The blood test showed that he was the father","Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
    • n evidence your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
    • n evidence an indication that makes something evident "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
    • n evidence (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
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Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during...
Further evidence of Gissibl's tie-up with the People's Bund for Germans Living Abroad Further evidence of Gissibl's tie-up with the People's Bund for Germans Living Abroad

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: British scientists have found evidence that heart attacks increase significantly for people who watch soccer penalty shoot-outs
    • Evidence One who bears witness. "Infamous and perjured evidences ."
    • Evidence (Law) That which is legally submitted to competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it; means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking, not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect of it.
    • Evidence That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement. "Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen.""O glorious trial of exceeding love
      Illustrious evidence , example high."
    • v. t Evidence To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No evidence of man's evolutionary ancestors has so far been found in either North or South America. Fossils and other remains suggest that the first Americans crossed the Bering Straits (which at the time was dry land) from Asia between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.
    • n evidence The state of being evident, clear, or plain, and not liable to doubt or question; evidentness; clearness; plainness; certitude. See mediate and immediate evidence, etc., below.
    • n evidence The means by which the existence or non-existence or the truth or falsehood of an alleged fact is ascertained or made evident; testimony; witness; hence, more generally, the facts upon which reasoning from effect to cause is based; that which makes evident or plain; the experiential premises of a proof.
    • n evidence Specifically, in law: A deed; an instrument or document by which a fact is made evident: as, evidences of title (that is, title-deeds); evidences of debt (that is, written obligations to pay money).
    • n evidence One who supplies testimony or proof; a witness: now used chiefly in the phrase “turning state's (or queen's) evidence.”
    • n evidence Information, whether consisting of the testimony of witnesses or the contents of documents, or derived from inspection of objects, which tends, or is presented as tending, to make clear the fact in question in a legal investigation or trial; testimony: as, he offered evidence of good character.
    • n evidence In a more restricted sense, that part of such information or testimony which is properly receivable or has actually been received by the court on the trial of an issue: sometimes more specifically characterized as judicial evidence: as, that is not evidence, my lord; the age of the accused is not in evidence. In this latter sense sometimes, especially in equity practice, spoken of as the proofs.
    • n evidence The rules by which the reception of testimony is regulated in courts of justice: as, a treatise on evidence; professor of pleading and evidence.
    • n evidence Plainly visible; conspicuous: a recent phraseadopted from the French en evidence.
    • n evidence Testimony to having witnessed an act or event, as distinguished from negative evidence, or the testimony of a witness who was present and observant, that such act or event did not take place. As between equally credible witnesses, positive testimony is entitled to more weight than negative, because it may be that one witness, though present, did not see or hear that which another witness did.
    • n evidence Evidence sufficient not only to go to the jury, but to require them to find accordingly if no credible contrary evidence be given.
    • evidence To make evident or clear; show clearly; prove.
    • evidence To attest or support by evidence or testimony; witness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.
    • n Evidence that which makes evident: means of proving an unknown or disputed fact: information in a law case, as 'to give evidence:' a witness
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
  • John Henry Newman
    John Henry Newman
    “Growth is the only evidence of life.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.”
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    “Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humor. He will always use it in evidence against you.”
  • Aleister Crowley
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    “Intolerance is evidence of impotence.”
  • Srully Blotnick
    Srully Blotnick
    “The evidence unmistakably indicates that you have to spend money in order to make money.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. évidence, L. Evidentia,. See Evident
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. evidens, -entise, out, vidēre, to see.

Usage

In literature:

It was evident from the manner of her address that the subject was no new one to her.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Suspicion is not evidence, but if I do get evidence, those who will suffer by it had better beware!
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
Evidently he had been dead for some hours.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
He was evidently reflecting upon his answer.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
There is no evidence of excessive toilet-care.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The point is of no importance; and there cannot be said to be much evidence either way.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Their motto is, 'First catch your man, then cook the evidence.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
It is very evident that these three types of law may be very intimately related.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The little daily paper had only one photographer, who evidently wasn't available.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
He was loitering here, quite evidently watching this girl come aboard.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
It was evident to her that he was utterly worn-out.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
When Richard Duvall and his companion entered the house of the French Ambassador in London, it was evident that their arrival was expected.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
This negative evidence is borne out by abundant positive evidence.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Certain facts now become evident.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The most convincing evidence is not always scientific evidence.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
The mere vogue of a belief constitutes in itself a kind of evidence, and for many people the most powerful kind of evidence.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
The book was crudely printed and showed evidence of having been hastily issued.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The first part of the message evidently gave her the greatest pleasure.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
What could have been more evident than that she was seeking evidence and such evidence could only have been for a court of law in a divorce suit?
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
It became evident at the start that it was a fight between Dorgan and French's boy.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
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In poetry:

It is a mist
now tangent to another
quiet. Here the leaves
come, there
is the rock in evidence
"The Innocence" by Robert Creeley
In joy of inward peace, or sense
Of sorrow over sin,
He is His own best evidence,
His witness is within.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
By faith I soar and force my flight,
Through all the clouds of sense;
I see the glories out of sight,
With brightest evidence.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
With stiff hand crumbling a clod,
And blind eyes staring at the sky,
The awful evidence of God
Against the men who made you die.
"To A Private Soldier" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
Onto the white hospital bed
Where one, numb beyond her last of sense,
Closed her eyes on the world's evidence
And into pillows sunk her head.
"A Woman Unconscious" by Ted Hughes
It was thy love on me this sickness brought,
(I see it now most evidently clear.)
To punish me for every secret fault,
And rouse me up to penitence sincere.
"Another On The Same Subject " by Rees Prichard

In news:

The ongoing development of Goldsmith's interspecific geranium breeding is evident in the four new introductions for 2010.
A senior PSNI officer's shocking evidence to the Smithwick Tribunal sets up an intriguing return appearance, says Alan Murray.
Reviewing video evidence in use-of-force investigations.
An operating a vehicle while impaired charge against professional boxer Kelly Pavlik was dismissed in a Friday plea deal due to lack of evidence, Pavlik's lawyer said in court.
Cardinal Re's letter carries no evidence of any proper appeal procedure.
Where a gas company has challenged an Appellate Tax Board assessment, the board's findings of fact were supported by substantial evidence.
Experts suspect failure of signal system or operator error in yesterday's deadly Red Line collision NTSB investigators are on scene today gathering more evidence.
"The overall evidence for potential human health effects of diesel exhausts is persuasive," the report said.
2 In 1989, the International Agency for Research into Cancer designated diesel exhaust as "probably carcinogenic to man" (group 2A), with sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals and "limited evidence in man".
1 advocate for screening of hepatocellular carcinoma despite no evidence of benefit, arguing that a "validation trial in developed regions is not feasible".
Ad omits lack of evidence on platelet-function testing.
As Kip Moore is out on the road with Justin Moore on Eric Church's 'Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour', he's making it evident that he loves to have a good time.
Evidence is increasingly being used as a prerequisite for reimbursement of services and is an ongoing mandate for rehabilitation clinicians.
TRIPOLI, Libya — Evidence emerged Friday that Col. Moammar Gaddafi's retreating forces executed scores or even hundreds of political prisoners this week, even as victorious rebel fighters appear to have carried out their own abuses.
Some evidence for the purr-fect crimes.
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In science:

To find further evidence for our interpretation of frozen eigenvalues as resonances we have looked at the eigenfunctions of P (N ) , with the following salient results.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Answer is evident: zero, as any given triangle corresponds to 6 cases of full permutation of three points at vertices of the triangle.
Random triangle problem: geometrical approach
An evident difference between the quantum and classical case is connected with the slope of the mz (Ω0 ) curve at T = 0.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
In particular, there is a good evidence that the universality class is not changed by the quenched randomness at n = 1.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness
The results at low density can hardly be considered as evidence for the conjecture.
Asymptotic Energy Decay in Inelastic Fluids
The R profiles for both of these masers are relatively flat (to within their rms) and show no evidence of the Gaussian absorption shape predicted for unsaturated maser emission.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
In addition, some evidence of tangling in the magnetic field lines may be indicated from the ten-fold increase in Bθ measured toward W28 F39 [A] with the VLBA (∼ 2 mG) compared to the average value measured throughout W28 with the VLA (∼ 0.2 mG; Claussen et al. 1999).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
In addition to this morphological evidence, the density, temperature and velocity dispersion of the gas at these locations suggested that the OH (1720 MHz) masers originate in post-shock gas.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
We have presented a wealth of analytical evidence supporting the statement that the local spectral correlations of the Dirac operator are described by universal functions.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This result, as well as (117), can be considered as evidence in proof for our model of superconductivity.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
This supports more indirect evidence that the galaxy redshift peaks are contained within large sheetlike structures which traverse the HDF, and may be precursors to large-scale “pancake” structures seen in the present-day galaxy distribution.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Though finite size effects are clearly evident in the scaling plot of Fig. 4(c), the data collapse at large λ is quite satisfying.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
However, most neutron stars in LMXB’s show no evidence for coherent periodicity in the persistent emission, implying that the neutron stars do not possess magnetic fields stro ng enough to make a permanent asymmetry (B ≪ 1010 G).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Magnetic Field Winding The majority of neutron stars in LMXBs show no evidence for coherent pulsations in their persistent emission.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Shafer, G. ( ). A Mathematical Theory of Evidence.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
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