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Definitions of whence

  1. from what place or origin or source; "whence did he come?"; "whence comes this splendid feast?"; "sketches the lawless society whence the ballads sprang"-DeLancey Ferguson Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. From what place, source or origin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. From what place: from which things: wherefore. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. From which place; from which cause: inter. From what place or cause?. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. For which reason; wherefore. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. From what place; from what source; from which premises, principles or facts; how; by what way or means; in general, from which person, cause, place, principle, or circumstance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. From what place; from what or which source or origin; how. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for whence

  1. My concert didn't last long, for we had to be getting on, and the company of sick men had just so much time, too, to reach their destination- Boulogne, whence we had set out. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  2. I pulled alongside the vessel whence the " hail" had come, and, when close aboard, I recognised the speaker as a friend who had assisted me once or twice in the past when I had been unhappy and in need. – In the Yellow Sea by Henry Frith
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