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.
Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen.
--Heb. xi. 1.
O glorious trial of exceeding love
Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton.
2. One who bears witness. [R.] "Infamous and perjured
evidences." --Sir W. Scott.
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.
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 evidenceTo 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.