- At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively."God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou?" [Gen. iii. 9.]
- 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.]
- 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.]"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.]synonyms: See Whither.
Note: ☞ See the Note under What pron., 1.
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.
Note: ☞ Where is much used in composition with preposition, and then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf. Whereat Whereby Wherefore Wherein, etc.
Etymology: OE. wher whar, AS. hw�r; akin to D. waar, OS. hw�r, OHG. hwār wār wā, G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when. √182. See Who, and cf. There