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  1. As an interrogative pronoun, used in asking questions regarding either persons or things; as, what is this? what did you say? what poem is this? what child is lost? Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Used adjectively, meaning how remarkable, or how great; as, what folly! what eloquence! what courage! Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Sometimes prefixed to adjectives in an adverbial sense, as nearly equivalent to how; as, what happy boys! Webster Dictionary DB
  4. As a relative pronoun Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Used adverbially in a sense corresponding to the adjectival use; as, he picked what good fruit he saw. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Something; thing; stuff. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Why? For what purpose? On what account? Webster Dictionary DB
  8. As an exclamatory word: - (a) Used absolutely or independently; - often with a question following. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed, equivalent to that which, or those [persons] who, or those [things] which; - called a compound relative. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Used adjectively, equivalent to the . . . which; the sort or kind of . . . which; rarely, the . . . on, or at, which. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Whatever; whatsoever; what thing soever; - used indefinitely. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Used adverbially, in part; partly; somewhat; - with a following preposition, especially, with, and commonly with repetition. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Compound relative meaning that which; the thing that; as, have you found what you want? an interrogative; as, what are you doing? an indefinite; as, I do not know what happende. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Interrogative; as, what trade does he follow?. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. How; how much; as, what does it profit? Partly: followed by with; as, what with the cold and what with the darkness we could go no farther. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. That; as, there is no doubt but what he will succeed; so far as; as well as. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Neuter of WHO: how great: something. -rel. pron. -that which. -WHAT TIME (B.)-at what time, when. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. That which:-also used in asking questions, as, what is it? What man?. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. In interrogative construction, asking. For information as to a person or thing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. How surprising, ridiculous, great, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Which circumstance, event, relation, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. That which; a double relative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. In what respect; to what extent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. In some measure; partly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. So far as; as well as. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. That; especially in the phrase but what. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Sort of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. That which; the thing that; which part, much used in asking questions interrogatively and elliptically, as equivalent to what will be the consequence? What time, at the time when. What though, granted this or that; allow it to be so. What, ho! an exclamation of calling. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Thing; matter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. That which; the thing that; the sort or kind; which of several; used as an exclamatory word by way of surprise or question, meaning, how great, how remarkable, and suchlike; used for partly or in part,-as, "what with war, what with poverty". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. As an exclamatory word: -- a Used absolutely or independently; -- often with a question following. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed, equivalent to that which, or those [persons] who, or those [things] which; -- called a compound relative. mso.anu.edu.au
  33. Whatever; whatsoever; what thing soever; -- used indefinitely. mso.anu.edu.au
  34. Used adverbially, in part; partly; somewhat; -- with a following preposition, especially, with, and commonly with repetition. mso.anu.edu.au
  35. As an exclamatory word: (a) Used absolutely or independently; often with a question following. dictgcide_fs
  36. Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed, equivalent to that which, or those [persons] who, or those [things] which; called a compound relative. dictgcide_fs
  37. Whatever; whatsoever; what thing soever; used indefinitely. dictgcide_fs
  38. Used adverbially, in part; partly; somewhat; with a following preposition, especially, with, and commonly with repetition. dictgcide_fs
  39. hwot, interrog. pron. applied both to persons and things--also used elliptically and as an interjection: (Shak.) used to express a summons, or as a mere expletive.--interrog. adj. of what sort, how much, how great--also used in an intensive manner.--rel. pron. that which, such ... as: (Shak.) any, who, which.--indef. pron. something: (Spens.) a portion, bit.--adv. (obs.) why? to what degree?--conj. so much as: that, as in but what, that ... not.--ns. WHAT'ABOUTS, the things one is occupied about; WHAT'-D'YE-CALL (-IT, -'EM), a word substituted for the name of a thing (or person) because of forgetfulness, or in contempt.--adjs. WHAT'EN, WHAT'TEN (Scot.), what kind of.--prons. WHATEV'ER, WHATE'ER', anything which: (coll.) what?--adj. any or all that, no matter what.--adjs. WHAT'-LIKE (coll.), of what kind; WHAT'NA (Scot.), same as WHATEN.--pron. WHAT'NOT, whatever or whoever.--adj. WHAT'SO, of whatever kind.--pron. whosoever.--adjs. WHATSOEV'ER, WHATSOE'ER', of whatever kind; WHATSOMEV'ER (coll.), whatsoever.--WHAT AN IF (Shak.), what of; WHAT ELSE, could anything else be the case? WHAT ... FOR (Shak.), what kind of; WHAT HO! a loud summons; WHAT IF, what would happen if? WHAT NOT, elliptical for 'what may I not say?' implying the presence or existence of many other things; WHAT OF, what comes of? what do you think of? WHAT'S WHAT, the real or genuine thing; WHAT THOUGH, what matters it though, notwithstanding; WHAT TIME, at the very time when; WHAT WITH, by reason of. [A.S. hwæt, neut. of hwa, who; Ger. was, L. quid.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. 1.Adj.: (a) interrog., asking for selection from indefinite number (cf. which from definite number; w. books have you read?; don\'t know w. plan he will try) or for-specification of amount or number or kind (w. money, men, abilities. has he?; w. news?; w. matter?, w. does it matter?; w. good, use, is it?, w. purpose will it serve?; w. manner of man is he?; I know w. difficulties there are, cf. c): (b) exclam., = how great or strange or otherwise remarkable for good or ill (w. a fool you are!; w. impudence!; w. an idea!; w. genius he has!) or, before adj. & n.,= how (w. partial judges we are!): (c) rel., = the- that, any- that, as much or many- as, (dispose of w. difficulties there are, cf. a; lend me w. money or men you can; will give you w. help is possible; w. time archaic, when, while). 2. Pron.: (a) interrog., = w. thing (s)?, with many modifications given by context,& often in ellipt. uses for sentence, some of which are here illustrated (w. will people say?, is it respectable to do it?; What?, i.e. did you say; w. ho!, excl. of greeting or hailing; w. is he?, i.e. in respect of occupation; to., do you really mean it?, i.e. I must have heard wrongly; to. if we were to try?, i.e. would result; w. for?, for w. reason or purpose?; w. though we are poor?, i.e. does it matter; w. next?, no absurdity can outdo this; w. of or about-?, i.e. w. news?, or how can you dispose of this point?; well, w. of it?, formula admitting fact but not inference &c. from it; w. is he the better for it?, in w. way or to w. extent; w. is your name?; w. not usu. without interrog. mark, many other things of the same kind, anything; w.-not, piece of furniture with shelves for knick-knacks; w. like is he?, provincial for w. is he like? or what sort of man is he?; w.-d\'ye-call-him, her, it, \'em, substitutes for name that has slipped memory; = eh after question or suggestion, a modern& prob. ephemeral use, as Have you heard the latest, w.?, Come along, w.; I wonder w. you are; don\'t know w. he said; w. followed is doubtful, cf. c; cannot guess w. he was attempting, cf. c; I know w., have a new idea; I\'ll tell you w., i.e. the truth or right course is; know w.\'s w., i.e. a good thing &c. from a bad &c.); (b) exclam., = w. thing (s)!, how much!, &c. (w. he has suffered!); (c) rel., = that or those which, the thing (s) that, anything that, a thing that, (w. followed was unpleasant, cf. a; did w. he was attempting, cf. a; to. I have said I have said; w. I know not is not knowledge; give me w. you can; w. is called the general reader; come w. will or may, in spite of any results &c.; tell me w. you remember of it; but, w. even you must condemn, he was lying; will do w. I can for you; use no arguments but w. you believe in yourself; so also various more or less incorrect colloq. uses of but w. for but, as not a day comes but w. makes a change, not a man but w. likes her, not a day but w. it rains, I never see him but w. I think, I don\'t know but w. I will, NOT but w.; w. with- w. with-, between various causes &c., as w. with drink& w. with fright, he did not know much about the facts). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. (or -her, -its) -name, colloq. substitute for name one has forgotten. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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