where /ˈhwɛr, ˈhwær, ˈwɛr, ˈwær, (ˌ)(h)wɚ/
Wher Where pron. & conj. Whether. [Sometimes written whe'r.] [Obs.]
Men must enquire (this is mine assent),
Wher she be wise or sober or dronkelewe. --Chaucer.
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. Sidney.
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. --Shak.
But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four. --Sir W. Scott.
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. 20.
Within about twenty paces of where we were. --Goldsmith.
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.
Where, conj. Whereas.
And flight and die is death destroying death;
Where fearing dying pays death servile breath. --Shak.
Where, n. Place; situation. [Obs. or Colloq.]
Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. --Spenser.
adv : in or at or to what place; "I know where he is"; "use it
wherever necessary" [syn: wherever]