Hypertext Webster Gateway: "where"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Where \Where\, n.
Place; situation. [Obs. or Colloq.]

Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wher \Wher\, Where \Where\, pron. & conj. [See {Whether}.]
Whether. [Sometimes written {whe'r}.] [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

Men must enquire (this is mine assent), Wher she be
wise or sober or dronkelewe. --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Where \Where\, adv. [OE. wher, whar, AS. hw?r; akin to D. waar,
OS. hw?r, OHG. hw[=a]r, w[=a]r, w[=a], G. wo, Icel. and Sw.
hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when.
[root]182. See {Who}, and cf. {There}.]
1. At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position,
or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.

God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou? --Gen.
iii. 9.

Note: See the Note under {What}, pron., 1.

2. At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the
case or instance in which; -- used relatively.

She visited that place where first she was so happy.
--Sir P.

Where I thought the remnant of mine age Should have
been cherished by her childlike duty. --Shak.

Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly.

But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four.
--Sir W.

3. To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or
issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively;
as, where are you going?

But where does this tend? --Goldsmith.

Lodged in sunny cleft, Where the gold breezes come
not. --Bryant.

Note: Where is often used pronominally with or without a
preposition, in elliptical sentences for a place in
which, the place in which, or what place.

The star . . . stood over where the young child
was. --Matt. ii. 9.

The Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
--Matt. viii.

Within about twenty paces of where we were.

Where did the minstrels come from? --Dickens.

Note: Where is much used in composition with preposition, and
then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf. {Whereat},
{Whereby}, {Wherefore}, {Wherein}, etc.

{Where away} (Naut.), in what direction; as, where away is
the land?

Syn: See {Whither}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Where \Where\, conj.

And flight and die is death destroying death; Where
fearing dying pays death servile breath. --Shak.

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