Definitions of Which

  1. Of what sort or kind; what; what a; who. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A interrogative pronoun, used both substantively and adjectively, and in direct and indirect questions, to ask for, or refer to, an individual person or thing among several of a class; as, which man is it? which woman was it? which is the house? he asked which route he should take; which is best, to live or to die? See the Note under What, pron., 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A compound relative or indefinite pronoun, standing for any one which, whichever, that which, those which, the . . . which, and the like; as, take which you will. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An interrogative; as, which is your house? a relative, meaning a particular one; the one that; as, point out which is yours; used of animals, ideas, or things. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Interrogative; as, which house is yours?. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. An interrogative pronoun, by which one or more among a number of individual persons or things, often one among a definite number (frequently one of two), is inquired for, or intended to be definitely singled out-used with or without an accompanying noun; as, which man is it? which woman is it? which is the house? which are the articles you mean? "Which of you convinceth me of sin?"-John viii. 46. A relative pronoun, serving as the neuter of who, and having an antecedent of the singular of plural number but of the neuter gender; as, the thing or things which; the birds which were singing; or the antecedent may be a sentence, word, or notion; as, he is very ignorant, which is a great pity. Such usages as the following are now obsolete. “Our Father which are in heaven.”-Matt. vi. 9. “All those friends which I thought buried.”-Shak. “Had i been there which am a silly woman.”-Shak. Sometimes equivalent toa thing or circumstance which,” the relative clause preceding that which is referred to. Used adjectively or with a noun subjoined, the relative coming before the noun by an inversion which gives a certain brevity. Which is used as an indefinite pronoun, standing for whichever, any one which, that which, those which, and the like; as, take which you will. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Which was often formerly preceded by the definite article the. That worthy name by the which ye are called. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. James ii.7. It was formerly open followed by that or as, having the effect of giving emphasis or definiteness. “This abbot which that was an holy ma.”-Chaucer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Used in relation to things, and demonstratively and interrogatively, both for persons and things, as, "the tree which," "which man?". The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. What particular one of a certain number or class referred to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A word of interrogation in all genders; as, which man? Which woman? Which house? Also a relative in reference to things neuter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. An interrogative, as, "which is the house?" the so-called neuter of who; a word used when referring to something going before, as a place, animal, thing, or a phrase; used as a demonstrative adj., as, "take which you will". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. A relative pronoun, used esp. in referring to an antecedent noun or clause, but sometimes with reference to what is specified or implied in a sentence, or to a following noun or clause generally involving a reference, however, to something which has preceded. It is used in all numbers and genders, and was formerly used of persons. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. hwich, interrog. pron. what one of a number?--also used adjectively.--rel. pron. (obs.) who, whom: now used of things only.--prons. WHICHEV'ER, WHICHSOEV'ER, every one which: whether one or other.-- (obs.) WHICH...HE, who; WHICH...HIS, whose--surviving in the vulgar use of which as a mere introductory word; WHICH IS WHICH? which is the one, which is the other? a common phrase denoting inability to decide between two or more things.--THE WHICH (obs.), which. [A.S. hwilc, hwelc, from hwí, instrumental case of hwá, who, and líc, like; Goth. hwei-leiks, Ger. welch, welcher; L. qualis. Cf. Such and Each.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. 1. Adj.: (a) interrog., asking for selection from alternatives conceived as limited in number or known (cf. WHAT; w. way shall we go?; say w. chapter you prefer): (b) rel., = &, now, although, since, &c., this or these, now rare exc. with n. serving to sum up details of a compound or vague antecedent (a smile& a sixpence, w. equipment is within most people\'s reach, will suffice; w. things are an allegory; the w., archaic for w.). 2. Pron.; (a) interrog. = w. person (s), w. thing (s), (w. of you am I to thank for this?; say w. you would like best; w. is w.?, w. of two &c. given persons &c. corresponds to one of given descriptions &c., & w. to another?): (b) rel. (cf. THAT), used to convert what would in the simplest grammar be an independent sentence into a subord. clause by being substituted for a noun expressed in it after being expressed or implied in the sentence to which it is to be subordinated. = w. person or persons (archaic). w. thing (s) as modified by context, (Our Father, w. art in heaven; the river w., or better that, flows through London; the meeting, w. was held in the Park, was a failure; he said he saw me there, w. was a lie; occasionally in clause preceding antecedent, as moreover, w. you will hardly credit, he was not there himself; the w., archaic for w.; in the possessive case whose is sometimes for convenience preferred to the usual of which, as the only place whose supply of baths is adequate). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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