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wist

 (wĭst)
v.
Past tense and past participle of wit2.

wist

(wɪst)
vb
archaic the past tense and past participle of wit2

wit1

(wɪt)

n.
1. the keen perception and clever expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.
2. a person having or noted for such perception and expression.
3. witty speech or writing.
4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness.
5. Usu., wits.
a. shrewdness; resourcefulness; ingenuity: to live by one's wits.
b. mental faculties; senses: to have one's wits about one.
Idioms:
at one's wit's or wits' end, drained of all ideas or mental resources; utterly confused or frustrated.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English: mind, thought, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon wit, Old High German wizzi]
syn: See humor.

wit2

(wɪt)

v.t., v.i. past and past part. wist; pres. part. wit•ting.
Archaic. to know.
Idioms:
to wit, that is to say; namely: an overwhelming victory, to wit, a landslide.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English witan, c. Old Saxon, Gothic witan, Old High German wizzan, Old Norse vita; akin to Latin vidēre, Greek ideîn to see, Skt vidati (he) knows]
References in classic literature ?
At first it seemed a little speck, And then it seemed a mist: It moved and moved, and took at last A certain shape, I wist.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! And still it neared and neared: As if it dodged a water-sprite, It plunged and tacked and veered.
"And as soon as Sir Kay saw the sword he wist well it was the sword of the stone, and he rode to his father Sir Ector and said:
'Little green toad whose leg doth twist, Go to the corner of which you wist, And bring to me the large old kist.'
But would to God that I wist where were that traitor Sir Mordred, that hath caused all this mischief.
There is a certain magic about his properest action which stupefies your powers of observation, so that though it is done before you, you wist not of it.
We are delighted to be able to respond to this by introducing so many direct flights with SAS,' says Torbjorn Wist.
Townsend to Flora Cooke (August 26,1933), Flora Cooke Papers, Chicago History Museum, box 10, folder 58, 1; Benjamin Wist, A Century of Education in Hawaii (Honolulu: Hawaii Education Review, 1940), 138.
Provider of air transport services SAS AB (STO: SAS) announced on Thursday the appointment of TorbjAaAaAeA rn Wist as new executive vice president a chief financial officer (CFO) of the company.
Richard Armstrong, the Minister of Public Instruction and former missionary, influenced both the government schools and the missionary private schools to offer vocational experiences and the lessons of manual labor (Wist 1937).
Women into Science and Technology (WIST) was implemented in 1990 and was taught flexibly by distance education.