From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Evidence \Ev"i*dence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evidenced; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Evidencing.]
   To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to
   evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Evidence \Ev"i*dence\, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See
   1. 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.
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            Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen.
                                                  --Heb. xi. 1.
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            O glorious trial of exceeding love
            Illustrious evidence, example high.   --Milton.
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   2. One who bears witness. [R.] "Infamous and perjured
      evidences." --Sir W. Scott.
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   3. (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. --Greenleaf.
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   Circumstantial evidence, Conclusive evidence, etc. See
      under Circumstantial, Conclusive, etc.

   Crown's evidence, King's evidence, or Queen's evidence,
      evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to
      state's evidence in American courts. [Eng.]

   State's evidence, evidence for the government or the
      people. [U. S. ]

   To turn King's evidence To turn Queen's evidence, or {To
   turn State's evidence}, to confess a crime and give evidence
      against one's accomplices.

   Syn: Testimony; proof. See Testimony.
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