• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Where At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively. "God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou?"
    • Where At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively. "She visited that place where first she was so happy.""Where I thought the remnant of mine age
      Should have been cherished by her childlike duty."
      "Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly.""But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four."
    • n Where Place; situation. "Finding the nymph asleep in secret where ."
    • Where To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going? "But where does this tend?""Lodged in sunny cleft, Where the gold breezes come not.""The star . . . stood over where the young child was.""The Son of man hath not where to lay his head.""Within about twenty paces of where we were.""Where did the minstrels come from?"
    • conj Where Whereas. "And flight and die is death destroying death; Where fearing dying pays death servile breath."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'We will see where this rat came from.'" "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
Why can't you look where you're going Why can't you look where you're going

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minsister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name
    • where At or in what place? in what position, situation, or circumstances?
    • where To which place? whither?
    • where From what source? whence?
    • where At or in which place, or the place in which; in which case, position, circumstances, etc.
    • where To which place; whither; to a place such that.
    • where Wherever.
    • where Whereas.
    • where Where, frequently having the force or function of a relative or other pronoun (which, what, etc.), is often used in composition with a following preposition: as, whereby, ‘by what,’ ‘by which’; wherewith, ‘with what,’ ‘with which.’ It was also formerly used after certain adverbs or adjectives in a general sense, as it still is in everywhere, somewhere (which see), Middle English widen wher (astray, at random), in forms corresponding to similar compounds of there (see there).
    • n where Whereabout; situation; place.
    • where A contracted form of whether.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs
    • adv., conj Where hwār at which place, at what place? to what place, to which place?
    • n Where (Shak.) situation, place
    • adv., conj Where (Shak.) whence, whereas: wherever
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Where ambition ends happiness begins.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.”
  • Seneca
    “Where the fear is, happiness is not.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Where there is much freedom there is much error.”
  • Proverb
    “Where one is wise two are happy.”
  • Pliny The Elder
    “Home is where the heart is.”


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread - This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.
Home is where you lay your hat - Wherever you are comfortable and at ease with yourself is your home, regardless where you were born or brought up.('Home is where you lay your head' and 'Home is where you hang your hat' are also used.)
Know where all the bodies are buried - Someone who by virtue of holding a position of trust with an organization for a long period of time has come to know many of the secrets that others in more powerful positions would rather be kept secret knows where the bodies are buried. An implication is that the person knowing these secrets will use that knowledge to secure something of value for him- or herself.
Let the chips fall where they may - This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches - This means that it's hard to know how much someone else is suffering..
Put your money where your mouth is - If someone puts their money where their mouth is, they back up their words with action.
Tell them where the dog died - (USA) If you tell them where the dog died, you strongly and sharply correct someone.
Where the rubber meets the road - (USA) Where the rubber meets the road is the most important point for something, the moment of truth. An athlete can train all day, but the race is where the rubber meets the road and they'll know how good they really are.
Where there's a will, there's a way - This idiom means that if people really want to do something, they will manage to find a way of doing it.
Where there's muck, there's brass - You can make money doing dirty jobs nobody else wants to do. "Where there's muck, there's money" is also used.
Where there's smoke, there's fire - When there is an indication or sign of something bad, usually the indication is correct.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wher, whar, AS. hwr,; akin to D. waar, OS. hwr, OHG. hwār, wār, , G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who,; cf. Skr. karhi, when. √182. See Who, and cf. There
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwǽr, hwár; from stem of who. Cf. There.


In literature:

When she came I was standing just within the door, where I had been standing and waiting for a half hour.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Leaning on Sir Donald's arm, the young man descends, and enters the family sitting-room, where he is presented to Esther Randolph.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Where is your factory close to the heart of Brazil?
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Oh, where, tell me where, is your Highland laddie gone?
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The Girl is lost; I know not where she is, Nor where I am: ah, whither shall I trace?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Close to where we had halted, I observed a crossing, where numerous tracks of animals formed in the soil a deep, well-beaten path.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Where are the glossy gentlemen of the Planters' Hotel?
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He at once rode to the pond, where he found poor Sam lying where he had fallen.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
We didn't know any more than a rabbit where to go when we got to Chicago; but Bonnie Bell took charge of us.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
It is not where the little fishes are, the place where I'm going to take you.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Where'd you get your fiddle?
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
He tore himself away, and declared insolently that he would stay where he was.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
She knew where she was and where she was going.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I know now where you stand.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I neither know where I came from, nor where I am going.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
He loved with passion this place where he had found peace, where his wandering genius had made its sanctuary and its home.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Secondly, they should be new to the company where they are told.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Two hours later a tired group of men and horses loped in and wanted to know where he had gone.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
They grow in dense clusters where old stumps have been or where wood has decayed.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
But where could he take her?
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett

In poetry:

Where shall I find a heart like thine
While life remains to me,
And where shall I bestow the love
I ever bore for thee?
"An Orphan's Lament" by Anne Bronte
Mid carcanet and coronet,
Where joy-lamps shine and flowers are set—
Where England's chivalry are met,
Behold me, Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Where are our tears? Who weeps for the pain?
Where can these families go in the rain?
Jessore Road's children close their big eyes
Where will we sleep when Our Father dies?
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
Oh, where is my laddie? Oh, where is my Johnnie?
Oh, where is my laddie so gallant and free?
He's winsome and witty, his face is so bonny,
Oh, Johnnie,--my Johnnie, I'm waiting for thee.
"On The Banks Of The Calder" by John Hartley
Oh, where is my laddie? Oh, where is my Johnnie?
Oh, where is my laddie, so gallant and free?
He's winsome and witty, his face is so bonny,
Oh, Johnnie,--my Johnnie,--I'm waiting for thee.
"On The Banks Of The Calder" by John Hartley
But where are now the Glory and the Rapture,
That once did capture me in cloud and stream?
Where now the Joy that was both speech and silence?
Where the beguilance that was fact and dream?
"The Evanescent Beautiful" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

We're not allowed to tell you where it is, but it's a place where some of the toughest crimes are solved -- and reporters are rarely invited in.
Where you stand often depends on where you sit.
Some in Juneau County, where Blackstone disappeared from her property in July of 1987 and others in Lafayette County where Blackstone 's body was found 80 miles away.
When it comes to summer travel it's not just about where you go, but where you stay as well.
Henri Bendel Where: Walt Whitman Shops, What: Henri Bendel Where: Walt Whitman Shops.
Who's coordinating these events and where's the documentation showing all of the money raised and where it went.
Denard Span making himself at home in D.C. Denard Span spent his first 24 hours in DC learning the important things, like where to eat and where to buy Foamposites.
Imagine a place where a comfortable darkness settles over everything, where your major light source comes from the flaming dishes prepared tableside.
To announce one of the biggest events of their lives together, Cindy and Mark Hill returned to the place where it all began - the high school where they became sweethearts in the 1970s.
When and where the animal was last seen, or when/where you found it.
Showing off your assets is terribly déclassé, but in this town, there are symbols of status that suddenly mean more than ever: where you eat and where you sit.
"Putting news where they are instead of expecting them to come where we are will be a major factor," said McDonnell in an interview with Current.
Where is it or should I say where is it going.
Use this graphic to see where the money is coming from — and where it's going.
It tells me where my friends are at any given time if they choose to check in where they are.

In science:

The simplest (but noncompact) case is where M = Cm and where Θh = Pm [Do1]).
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Pf (σ) = −DXf σ − 2πif σ, It is easy to check where Xf is the Hamiltonian vector field determined by f . P{f ,g} = Pf ◦ Pg − Pg ◦ Pf =: [Pf , Pg ]; where the Poisson bracket {f , g} is defined as ω (Xg , Xf ).
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
It is easy to show that the case where the two isovectors are (anti-)parallel, corresponds to the situation where Φ = Φ0 .
Simple models with Alice fluxes
Cn cos(2πfn t − φn ), where φn are uniformly distributed random numbers on the interval (0, 2π), and Cn = p2P (fn )∆fn , where P (f ) is the JONSWAP spectrum given in (1).
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Then we define the Green function G(x, y |z) = Pn≥0 p(n) (x, y )zn and the generating function of the first time return probabilities F (x, y |z) = Pn≥1 f (n) (x, y )zn where x, y ∈ X , z ∈ C (further details can be found in Chapter 1.B, where F is called U ).
Classification on the average of random walks
We now form a new category where ob jects are A−A bicomodules and where morphisms are morphisms of A − A bicomodules.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
The previous definition show that we have a well defined functor Φ : RA (C ) −→ S A (C ), where Φ(r) is the A − A bicomodule corresponding to r and where Φ(f ) = f .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Using rotational symmetry, this result can apply to any orientation of ~s, where 0 ≤ φ ≤ 2π , and hence the probability density P2 (s) for a circle of uniform density can be factorized as P2 (s) = 2πs × f (s) , where f (s) is a function to be determined.
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
F (ω )φp,q (ω ) = φp,q (F ) where F : Ω → R is given by F (ω ) = µ(f | ω ) = Xσ The above theorem is obtained in the case f (σ ) = δσx ,σy − q−1 , where x, y ∈ V .
The Random-Cluster Model
An example of such large scale modification is the function defined by (17), where g = g (s) where g (s) (l) = 0 and L = T .
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
We identify where the two methods agree under this assumption, and where they find different mathematical expressions.
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
F E∆i + c (cid:0)|Λn\ ∪j i=1 ∆i | + j (cid:1) , where c is a fixed constant—namely, the minimum possible value of F Ee(µ) where e is a single edge.
Random Surfaces
The character ranges from −n, where n is the dimension of the algebra, to +r , where r is its rank.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Examples: An example of a flat symmetric space is E2/K , where G0 = E2 is the euclidean group of motions of the plane R2 : g (x) = kx + a, g = (k , a) ∈ G0 where k ∈ K = SO(2) and a ∈ R2 .
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We use the linear Lie-Rinehart algebra VW of W to define the first Chern-class c1 (W ) in H2 (VW |U , OU ), where U in Spec(A) is the open subset where W is locally free.
Chern classes and Lie-Rinehart algebras