witch·​ing | \ ˈwi-chiŋ How to pronounce witching (audio) \

Definition of witching

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the practice of witchcraft : sorcery



Definition of witching (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suitable for sorcery or supernatural occurrences the very witching time of night— William Shakespeare

Examples of witching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday was quadruple witching, when options and futures on both indexes and stocks expire simultaneously. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Stocks End Day Lower as Stimulus Talks Continue," 18 Dec. 2020 Equity transactions surged Friday amid a quarterly event known as quadruple witching, when options and futures on indexes and equities expire. Katherine Greifeld, Bloomberg.com, "Quadruple Witching Sparks Bursts of Trading Amid Options Anxiety," 18 Sep. 2020 Because these options expire within days or weeks, few are left for quadruple witching. Katherine Greifeld, Bloomberg.com, "Quadruple Witching Sparks Bursts of Trading Amid Options Anxiety," 18 Sep. 2020 The winery’s name refers to water witching, the practice of locating underground water sources with a rod. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Witching Stick: for the serious wine geek," 11 Aug. 2020 The witching hour finally arrives on December 2021, when Disney releases the first of the follow-ups. Washington Post, "Disney just named a new chief executive. He’ll face challenges Bob Iger never imagined.," 28 Feb. 2020 The witching hour of Halloween conjures up images goblins, costumes, and jack-o-lanterns and a real-life Houston Halloween tale which is far more sinister. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'Man Who Ruined Halloween': Recounting the horror story of Houston's notorious 'Candyman'," 31 Oct. 2019 Friday also marks what is known as quadruple witching, the simultaneous expiration of futures and options on stocks and indexes. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow opens higher, but remains on track to finish the week down," 20 Sep. 2019 That is the witching hour when thousands of solar-powered glass orbs on stems, created by the artist Bruce Munro, enfold visitors in an earthbound aurora borealis of shifting hues. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sabrina’s known to don a preppy red peacoat and a black headband; her witching rivals, the Weird Sisters, have coordinating long-sleeve tea dresses with lace Peter Pan collars. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration," 25 Oct. 2018 Both games also came down to a pair of clutch hits at what appeared to be the witching hour for the depleted bullpen and featured terrific defense. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles show some playoff-hunt mettle with another marathon win against Blue Jays," 3 Sep. 2017 The average Trump supporter’s concern about Russia roughly matches his concern about the president’s unreleased tax returns or witching-hour tweets. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The President’s Base vs. the Republican Party," 18 July 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Witching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witching. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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