from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. At or in what place: Where is the telephone?
- adv. In what situation or position: Where would we be without your help?
- adv. From what place or source: Where did you get this idea?
- adv. To what place; toward what end: Where is this argument leading?
- conj. At what or which place: She moved to the city, where jobs are available.
- conj. In a place in which: He lives where the climate is mild.
- conj. In any place or situation in which; wherever: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
- conj. To a place in which: We should go where it is quieter.
- conj. To a place or situation in which: They will go where they are happy.
- n. The place or occasion: We know the when but not the where of it.
- n. What place, source, or cause: Where are you from?
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- conj. While on the contrary; although; whereas.
- conj. At or in which place or situation.
- conj. To which place or situation.
- conj. Wherever.
- conj. In a position, case, etc., in which.
- adv. At what place; to what place; what place.
- adv. In what situation.
- pro. The place in which.
- n. The place in which something happens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.
- adv. At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively.
- adv. To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?
- conj. Whereas.
- n. Place; situation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At or in what place? in what position, situation, or circumstances?
- To which place? whither?
- From what source? whence?
- At or in which place, or the place in which; in which case, position, circumstances, etc.
- To which place; whither; to a place such that.
- Where, frequently having the force or function of a relative or other pronoun (which, what, etc.), is often used in composition with a following preposition: as, whereby, ‘by what,’ ‘by which’; wherewith, ‘with what,’ ‘with which.’ It was also formerly used after certain adverbs or adjectives in a general sense, as it still is in everywhere, somewhere (which see), Middle English widen wher (astray, at random), in forms corresponding to similar compounds of there (see there).
- n. Whereabout; situation; place.
- A contracted form of whether.
Middle English, from Old English hwǣr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wher, quher, from Old English hwǣr ("where", literally "at what place"), from Proto-Germanic *hwar (“where”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (interrogative pronoun). Cognate with Scots quhare ("where"), West Frisian wêr ("where"), Dutch waar ("where"), German wo ("where"), Danish hvor ("where"), Icelandic hvar ("where"); related to Old English hwā ("who"). More at who. (Wiktionary)