Definitions

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

  • conj. Toward or at which.
  • conj. As a result or consequence of; whereupon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • conj. at which, or toward which
  • conj. because of which; whereupon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At which; upon which; whereupon; -- used relatively.
  • adv. At what; -- used interrogatively; as, whereat are you offended?

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At what? as, whereat are you offended?
  • At which.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • On the lower shelves were enormous folios, on whose backs I spelled in black letters, 'Lightfoot Opera,' a title whereat I wondered, considering the bulk of the volumes.

    The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • There on the lower shelves were great enormous folios, on whose backs she spelled in black letters, "Lightfooti Opera," a title whereat she marveled, considering the bulk of the volumes.

    Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives

  • A chemical element was thought of by Lavoisier as "the actual term whereat analysis has arrived," a definite substance "which we cannot subdivide with our present knowledge," but not necessarily a substance which will never be divided.

    The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

  • There, on the lower shelves, were enormous folios, on whose backs she spelled in black letters "Lightfooti Opera" ” a title whereat she marveled, considering the bulk of the volumes.

    The Girlhood of Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • _elements_; since his time an element is "the actual term whereat chemical analysis has arrived," it is that which "with our present knowledge we cannot sub-divide"; and, as a working hypothesis, the notion of _element_ has no wider meaning than this.

    The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

  • We cannot be certain that what we regard as simple to-day is indeed simple; all we can say is, that such a substance is the actual term whereat chemical analysis has arrived, and that with our present knowledge we cannot sub-divide it. "

    The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

  • He closed with the remark that he was Mr. ---- of Cariboo -- a celebrated name whereat we shook in our shoes.

    Roughing It

  • He closed with the remark that he was Mr. -- of Cariboo -- a celebrated name whereat we shook in our shoes.

    Roughing It

  • On one occasion the King with some of the chief nobles of his Court appeared apparelled as Robin Hood and his foresters, in which disguise he entered unexpectedly into the Queen's chamber, "whereat," says

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • Like to him that, having changed his name, and walking in Paul’s, another suddenly came behind him, and called him by his true name whereat straightways he looked back.

    The Essays

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  • "SECOND LORD: Thou hast done a deed whereat valour will weep."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009