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n. ~ 1. Someone who has personal knowledge of something, especially a crime, an accident, or a newsworthy event. - 2. An individual who is present when a document is signed and adds her or his own signature to the document as evidence of the transaction. - 3. Law · An individual who gives testimony as part of a hearing or other legal proceeding, in person or by deposition or affidavit.

(CJS, 97 CJS Witnesses §1) The term witness, in its strict legal sense, means one who gives evidence in a cause before a court; and in its general sense includes all persons from whose lips testimony is extracted to be used in any judicial proceeding, and so includes deponents and affiants as well as persons delivering oral testimony before a court or jury.