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  1. In case; if; -- used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. Which (of two); which one (of two); - used interrogatively and relatively. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. In case; if; - used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Which (of two) or which one (of two). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A particle introducing a following alternative, or, or or whether. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Sig. which of two. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Which of two alternatives. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Used to introduce the first of alternative clauses. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Which of two. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Which; properly of two. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. In case; if; introducing an alternative clause, followed by a correlative or, or or whether. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Which of two alternatives, expressed by a sentence or the clause of a sentence, and followed by or; as, "resolve whether you will go or not". Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A word used to introduce the first of two or more alternative clauses,-as, "resolve whether you will or no"; comp. rel. which of two. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Which of two; which one of two; -- used interrogatively and relatively. mso.anu.edu.au
  15. Which (of two); which one (of two); used interrogatively and relatively. dictgcide_fs
  16. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first. dictgcide_fs
  17. hweth'[.e]r, interrog. and rel. pron. signifying which of two.--conj. which of two alternatives.--interrog. adv. introducing the first of two questions, the second being introduced by or--also conj.--WHETHER OR NO (coll.), in any case, surely. [A.S. hwæther, from hwá, who, with the old comp. suffix -ther; cog. with Goth. hwathar, Ger. weder; also with L. uter, Gr. koteros, Sans. katara. Cf. Other and Alter.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. (archaic). Which of the two. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. (1) introducing indirect questions of which the direct form would be answerable with yes or no (don\'t know w. he will be here); such questions involve an alternative, which may be unexpressed as above, expressed precisely (w. he is here or w. he is in London, or more usu. ellipt. or in London), or expressed comprehensively by the negative (w. he is here or w. he is not here, or more usu. ellipt. or not); i.e., the alternative if expressed has always or, after which w. is usu. repeated if subj. & vb are expressed; w.-clauses may be appended directly to many adjj. & nn. as well as to vbs (doubtful, uncertain, anxious, &c., w.; the question &c. w.), though as to is often needlessly inserted; DOUBT w.; w. or NO; formerly also with direct questions (w. shall we live or die?). (2) used with following or or or whether (according as second alternative has its subj. & vb expressed, as in 1) to introduce the protasis having alternatives corresponding to a single conditional apodosis (w. we stay or w. we go, w. we go to him or he comes to us, w. we go or not, the result will be bad); w. or NO; formerly also when each alternative had apodosis (w. we live, we live unto the Lord, & w. we die, we die &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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