• Macbeth visits the witches
    Macbeth visits the witches
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v witch cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    • n witch a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
    • n witch a female sorcerer or magician
    • n witch an ugly evil-looking old woman
    • n witch a believer in Wicca
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The witch holds a bowl of food for the boy The witch holds a bowl of food for the boy
The witch and the wolf running The witch and the wolf running
The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform
The witch and her snakes The witch and her snakes
The Witch The Witch
Pinkel brings the witch's lantern to the king Pinkel brings the witch's lantern to the king

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word witch comes from the word "wicca" which translates to the "wise one."
    • Witch (Geom) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
    • n Witch A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.
    • Witch A Wiccan; an adherent or practitioner of Wicca, a religion which in different forms may be paganistic and nature-oriented, or ditheistic. The term witch applies to both male and female adherents in this sense.
    • Witch An ugly old woman; a hag.
    • Witch 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.
    • Witch 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 .""He can not abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch ."
    • Witch (Zoöl) The stormy petrel.
    • v. t witch To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant. "I 'll witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.""Whether within us or without
      The spell of this illusion be
      That witches us to hear and see."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch
    • n witch A modified and simplified form of a Jacquard attachment to a loom, for a more limited range of work; a dobby or index-machine.
    • n witch A person (of either sex) given to the black art; a sorcerer; a conjurer; a wizard; later and more particularly, a woman supposed to have formed a compact with the devil or with evil spirits, and to be able by their aid to operate supernaturally; one who practises sorcery or enchantment; a sorceress.
    • n witch An old, ugly, and crabbed or malignant woman; a hag; a crone: a term of abuse.
    • n witch A fascinating woman; a woman, especially a young woman or a girl, possessed of peculiar attractions, whether of beauty or of manners; a bewitching or charming young woman or girl.
    • n witch A charm or spell.
    • n witch A petrel: doubtless so called from its incessant flight, often kept up in the dark.
    • n witch A water-witch.
    • n witch The pole, pole-dab, or craigfluke, a kind of flatfish.
    • witch To bewitch; fascinate; enchant.
    • witch To work by charms or witchcraft; effect, cause, or bring by or as by witchcraft.
    • n witch The witch-elm, Ulmus montana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joan of Arc was actually burned alive as a witch in 1431, and only considered a saint in the 20th century. (Them folks must be pissed to hear that)
    • n Witch wich a woman regarded as having supernatural or magical power and knowledge through compact with the devil or some minor evil spirit: a hag, crone: :
    • v.t Witch to bewitch, to effect by means of witchcraft
    • n Witch wich the common wild elm—also Witch′-hā′zel
    • n Witch wich (coll.) a fascinating young girl
    • n Witch wich (Shak.) a wizard
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.”
  • Thomas Szasz
    “In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.”


Colder than a witch's tit - If it is colder than a witch's tit, it is extremely cold outside.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.; perhaps the same word as AS. wītiga, wītga, a soothsayer (cf. Wiseacre); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG. wikken, to predict, Icel. vitki, a wizard, vitka, to bewitch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. wicche (both masc. and fem.)—A.S. wicca (masc.), wicce (fem.), wizard, witch; prob. reduced from wítega, wítiga, witga, a seer (Old High Ger. wīzago)—a supposed adj. wítig, seeing—wítan, to see, allied to witan, to know. For the change, cf. Orchard—A.S. ortgeard. Cf. Wit and Wicked.


In literature:

Witch, who eats little children.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Some witch had told you that!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He then afterwards addressed himself to a witch, who promised him she would evoke Samuel for him.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Then when she had done thinking, she took the Witch and turned her with her face to the wall.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
It is bad medicine to say words of witches while witches are yet alive.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
In all stages of religious history the witch and the wizard are familiar figures.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
The Count knew that it had belonged to an old woman who was said to be a witch.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
The Witch saw the kiss and was more angry than before.
"The Tin Woodman of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
I've never seen a witch, but I've read about them in fairy stories.
"Miss Mouse and Her Boys" by Mrs. Molesworth
The idea is that the country round is preyed upon by the witch, home being the only place where she has no power.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

In poetry:

They say that in the witch's song,
Though rude and harsh it be,
There blends a wild, mysterious strain
Of weirdest melody.
"A Fragment" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Or words she murmured while she leaned!
Witch-words, she holds me softly by,--
The spell that binds me to a fiend
Until I die.
"The Vampire" by Madison Julius Cawein
The witch-eyed stars before him paled—
So high his scorning!—
And round the hills the rose-clouds sailed,
And it was morning.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
For, thou had'st witch'd me with a love
Where reason had no part;
I felt that thou would'st e'en approve,
And fondly heard my heart.
"To My Lyre" by James Avis Bartley
"Shee witch'd mee, being a faire yonge maide,
In the greene forest to dwelle,
And there to abide in lothlye shape,
Most like a fiend of helle;
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
Plenty of friends, however, proved
How false was Justice Shallow's plea
That "She must be a witch, because--
Because of the raven, don't you see?"
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Charlie Sheen managed to upset a group he probably never thought of -- witches -- after one of his notorious tirades last week.
Ding-dong the witch is dead sure, but where's he been.
Tough times have women executives banding together and banishing the workplace witch.
Only the Sugar Witch knows for sure .
OnStage Playhouse's upcoming production of "The Sugar Witch" is scheduled Oct 12 to Nov 3.
'Beginning of a witch hunt'.
You don't have head to Massachusetts to immerse yourself in the horrific history of witch hunts.
Actress joins Jeremy Renner in Paramount's 'Witch Hunters'.
This wicked witch protects a tree complete with an array of mini hanging pumpkins at a residence on Averyville Road.
' Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,' starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton (video): Movie trailer.
Costumed Witches and Wizards Draw Wands at Harry Potter Party.
Writers are always drawn to witches.
Witches' Brew at Winter Solstice .
' Witch Doctor ' has more magic the second time around.
NY Prosecutors Resist ' Witch Doctor ' in Murder Trial.

In science:

Beck et al., WITCH: a recoil spectrometer for weak interaction and nuclear physics studies, Nucl.
Prototype of an angular-selective photoelectron calibration source for the KATRIN experiment
After the filament eruption, dimming regions are often observed witch mark the evacuated feet of the disrupted flux rope (Jiang et al. 2006a).
Astrophysics in 2006
The mass of the black hole is m and a is the specific angular momentum witch bounded for m ≥ a.
The Kerr black hole and rotating black string by intersecting M-branes
We have coordinate singularity at ξ = 0, witch is the same as ¯hi = 0, and at this case the Kretchmann invariance Rµν ρσ Rµν ρσ is diverging.
The Kerr black hole and rotating black string by intersecting M-branes
We will show the micro state of these solutions in the context of AdS/CFT correspondence, and we will also show the regular solutions with the specific physical parameters in subsequent paper, witch we are writing now.
The Kerr black hole and rotating black string by intersecting M-branes