Definitions

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

  • adverb To what place; toward what end.
  • conjunction To which.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To what place, point, end, etc.?
  • To which; to whom; whither.

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

  • adverb To which; -- used relatively.
  • adverb To what; to what end; -- used interrogatively.

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

  • adverb archaic, interrogative To what; to which place, whither?
  • adverb obsolete, interrogative To what end; why?
  • adverb archaic, relative To which.

Etymologies

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From where +‎ to.

Examples

  • I say you sooth, said the damosel, for ye were this day the best knight of the world, but who should say so now, he should be a liar, for there is now one better than ye, and well it is proved by the adventures of the sword whereto ye durst not set to your hand; and that is the change and leaving of your name.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • I say you sooth, said the damosel, for ye were this day the best knight of the world, but who should say so now, he should be a liar, for there is now one better than ye, and well it is proved by the adventures of the sword whereto ye durst not set to your hand; and that is the change and leaving of your name.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • I say you sooth, said the damosel, for ye were this day the best knight of the world, but who should say so now, he should be a liar, for there is now one better than ye, and well it is proved by the adventures of the sword whereto ye durst not set to your hand; and that is the change and leaving of your name.

    Chapter V. The Thirteenth Book. How King Arthur Shewed the Stone Hoving on the Water to Galahad, and How He Drew out the Sword

  • I say you sooth, said the damosel, for ye were this day the best knight of the world, but who should say so now, he should be a liar, for there is now one better than ye, and well it is proved by the adventures of the sword whereto ye durst not set to your hand; and that is the change and leaving of your name.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2

  • The historian of the contest terms it "the Waterloo among book-battles," whereto "many a knight came far and wide from his retirement, and many an unfledged combatant left his father's castle to partake of the glory of such a contest."

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • Servitor returning to Alaeddin said to him, "An thou require aught else, inform me thereof;" and said the other, "Return a - morn that thou mayest restore them to their stead;" whereto, "I hear and obey," Quoth the Marid and evanished.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Good, as goodness might be measured in their particular class, hard-working for meagre wages and scorning the sale of self for easier ways, nervously desirous for some small pinch of happiness in the desert of existence, and facing a future that was a gamble between the ugliness of unending toil and the black pit of more terrible wretchedness, the way whereto being briefer though better paid.

    Chapter 6

  • If so, whereto from here for those of us who still believe the country has a shot at retaining/regaining the shred of its heritage which is both altruistic and honorable?

    Think Progress » Health Insurance Lobby Leaves The Door Open To Supporting A GOP Repeal Of Health Reform

  • As Emerson saw it, "Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."

    Tom Morris: Music and Joy

  • As Emerson saw it, "Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."

    Tom Morris: Music and Joy

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  • To what place, point, end, etc.?

    March 24, 2016

  • CDC and I are having an existentialist crisis :-/

    March 24, 2016