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

  • adverb At or in what place.
  • adverb In what situation or position.
  • adverb From what place or source.
  • adverb To what situation; toward what end.
  • conjunction At, to, or in a place in which.
  • conjunction At, to, or in a situation in which.
  • conjunction At, to, or in any place in which; wherever.
  • conjunction At, to, or in any situation in which; wherever.
  • conjunction Whereas.
  • conjunction Usage Problem That.
  • pronoun At, to, or in a place in which.
  • pronoun What place, source, or cause.
  • pronoun The place or situation at, in, or to which.
  • pronoun Usage Problem In which.
  • noun The place or occasion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Wherever.
  • Whereas.
  • 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).
  • noun Whereabout; situation; place.
  • A contracted form of whether.

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

  • adverb At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.
  • adverb At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively.
  • adverb To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?
  • adverb (Naut.) in what direction
  • noun Obs. or Colloq. Place; situation.
  • conjunction Whereas.

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

  • conjunction While on the contrary; although; whereas.
  • conjunction At or in which place or situation.
  • conjunction To which place or situation.
  • conjunction Wherever.
  • conjunction law In a position, case, etc., in which.
  • adverb At what place; to what place; what place.
  • adverb In what situation.
  • pronoun The place in which.
  • noun The place in which something happens.


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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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