Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb At what time.
  • conjunction At the time that.
  • conjunction As soon as.
  • conjunction Whenever.
  • conjunction During the time at which; while.
  • conjunction Whereas; although.
  • conjunction Considering that; if.
  • pronoun What or which time.
  • pronoun At or during the time that.
  • noun The time or date.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At what time? at which time?
  • At the or any time that; at or just after the moment that; as soon as.
  • At which time.
  • At the same time that; whereas; while on the contrary: used adversatively, to denote contrast or incompatibility.
  • When is often used as a quasi-pronoun, meaning ‘which time,’ introducing a dependent clause after since, till, or similar connective denoting time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb At what time; -- used interrogatively.
  • adverb At what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or just after, the moment that; -- used relatively.
  • adverb While; whereas; although; -- used in the manner of a conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial sentence or clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative relation to the principal proposition.
  • adverb Which time; then; -- used elliptically as a noun.
  • adverb [Obs.] at the time that; when.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb interrogative Used to introduce questions about time.
  • adverb Used to introduce indirect questions about time.
  • conjunction At what time.
  • conjunction At such time as.
  • conjunction As soon as.
  • conjunction At a time in the past,
  • pronoun interrogative What time; which time
  • noun The time.
  • interjection That's enough, a command to stop adding something, especially an ingredient of food or drink.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English hwenne; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English when(ne), whan(ne), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne ("when"), from Proto-Germanic *hwannē (“at what time, when”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo-, *kʷi- (“interrogative base”). Cognate with Dutch wanneer ("when") and wen ("when, if"), German wann ("when") and wenn ("when, if"), Gothic 𐍈𐌰𐌽 (ƕan, "when, how"), Latin quandō ("when"). More at who.

Examples

  • At various times on this blog, I have mentioned how much trouble I have reading series..when there is a significant gap between when I read each book.

    Question: How Do You Approach Reading a Series?

  • At various times on this blog, I have mentioned how much trouble I have reading series..when there is a significant gap between when I read each book.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • When i was playing the part of stay at home mom...from when emily was born, to when josh was born 20 months later, until he was almost 2..when i went back to work...i spent A LOT of time being angry and jealous.

    The Other Side Of Anger

  • Just when I was convinced there were no parents out there who were intellectually qualified to reproduce…..and yet…..when I read some of the responses from people who have COMPLETELY missed your point…..

    Because CNN Asked « Whatever

  • It begins when Socrates replies by under-quoting Homer: “We'll take counsel about what to say ˜when two go together along the way™” (174d2-3).

    Plato on Friendship and Eros

  • Indicative; as, -- tum tua rēs agitur, pariēs cum proximus ārdet, _your own interests are at stake when your neighbor's house is burning_; cum vidēbis, tum sciēs, _when you see, then you will know.

    New Latin Grammar

  • Thus: -- scrībam epistulam, cum redieris, _I will write the letter when you have returned_ (lit. _when you shall have returned_).a. The Latin is much more exact in the use of the Future Perfect than the

    New Latin Grammar

  • For us, her freedom meant our freedom, the right to send her away when we chose; but our love knew no such _when_ in all the shameful possibilities of time, nor anything in all the cruel conspiracies of ingratitude so wrong as that right.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866

  • The action of the working classes in this direction will be even more successful when public opinion is influenced to a greater degree than at present, and _when the workingmen's parties in different lands are directed and instructed by the

    Socialism As It Is A Survey of The World-Wide Revolutionary Movement

  • The Subject Accusative of the Infinitive is sometimes omitted when it refers to the same person as the subject of the leading verb, or can easily be supplied from the context; as, -- cum id nescīre Māgō dīceret, _when Mago said he did not know this_ (for sē nescīre).

    New Latin Grammar

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