Webster 1913 Edition
Men must enquire (this is mine assent),
Whershe be wise or sober or dronkelewe.
At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; – used interrogatively.
God called unto Adam, . . .
Gen. iii. 9.
☞ See the Note under
What, pron., 1.
At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; – used relatively.
She visited that place
wherefirst she was so happy.
Sir P. Sidney.
WhereI thought the remnant of mine age
Should have been cherished by her childlike duty.
Whereone on his side fights, thousands will fly.
wherehe 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?
wheredoes this tend?
Lodged in sunny cleft,
Wherethe gold breezes come not.
☞ 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
wherethe young child was.
Matt. ii. 9.
The Son of man hath not
whereto lay his head.
Matt. viii. 20.
Within about twenty paces of
Wheredid the minstrels come from?
☞ Where is much used in composition with preposition, and then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf.
in what direction;
where awayis the land?
Syn. – See
And flight and die is death destroying death;
Wherefearing dying pays death servile breath.
[Obs. or Colloq.]
Finding the nymph asleep in secret
Webster 1828 Edition
1.At which place or places.
She visited the place where first she was so happy--
In all places where I record my name, I will come to thee and I will bless thee. Exodus 20.
2.At or in what place.
Adam, where art thou? Genesis 3.
3.At the place in which.
Where I though the remnant of my age should have been cherishd by her child-like duty.
4.Whither; to what place, or from what place. Where are you going? Where are you from? [These uses of where are common, and the first cannot be condemned as vulgar.]
Any where, in any place. I sought the man, but could not find him any where.
[Note. Where seems to have been originally a noun, and was so used by Spenser. He shall find no where safe to him. In this sense, it is obsolete; yet it implies place, its original signification.]