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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Where
  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.]
  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.]"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 , G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when. √182. See Who, and cf. There

conjunction Where
noun Where
Place; situation.

From Middle English wher, quher, from Old English hwǣr (“where”, literally “at what place”), from Proto-Germanic *hwar (“where”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (interrogative pronoun). Cognate with Scots whaur (“where”), West Frisian wêr (“where”), Dutch waar (“where”), German wo (“where”), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål hvor (“where”), Norwegian Nynorsk kvar (“where”), Icelandic hvar (“where”); related to Old English hwā (“who”). More at who.

  1. The place in which something happens.
    A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the , the why and the how.
    Finding the nymph asleep in secret . — Spenser.

Fun Facts about the name Where

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Past life for Where born Apr 5, 1951

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 1575. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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