Which

Definitions

  • Giant Raft. In the background is a completed raft; in the foreground a cradle in which a raft is being built
    Giant Raft. In the background is a completed raft; in the foreground a cradle in which a raft is being built
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Which 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. "Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?"
    • Which 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. "Which of you convinceth me of sin?"
    • Which 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. "And when thou fail'st -- as God forbid the hour!
      Must Edward fall, which peril heaven forfend!"
      "God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.""Our Father, which art in heaven.""The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
    • Which Of what sort or kind; what; what a; who. "And which they weren and of what degree."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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VIEW OF THE "COUNTRY" THROUGH WHICH THE RAILWAY RUNS VIEW OF THE "COUNTRY" THROUGH WHICH THE RAILWAY RUNS
CASTLE CHAMBERS, WHICH FELL OVER WHOLE IN THE NIGHT CASTLE CHAMBERS, WHICH FELL OVER WHOLE IN THE NIGHT
"HE BEGAN TO UNFASTEN IT WITH HANDS WHICH TREMBLED." "HE BEGAN TO UNFASTEN IT WITH HANDS WHICH TREMBLED."
Ox-cart in which old Miss Jacob ust to go a-visitin Ox-cart in which old Miss Jacob ust to go a-visitin
Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
Colorful Spanish maiolica found which appear to have been made before 1650 Colorful Spanish maiolica found which appear to have been made before 1650

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest U.S. highway is Route 20, which is over 3,365 miles
    • which A. interrog. What one of a certain implied number or set? indicating a general knowledge of a certain group of individuals, and seeking for a selection of one or more from that number: thus, which do you want? implying a limitation which is absent from the question what do you want?
    • which B. rel. As a simple relative pronoun: Who or whom.
    • which Used with, reference to things, and to creatures not persons: the antecedent may also be a phrase or a clause: as, the rain washed away the track, which delayed the train.
    • which As a compound relative pronoun, having the value of both antecedent and relative: as, you can determine which is better (that is, you can determine that, or the one, which is better).
    • which Which is used adjectively:
    • which With the sense of ‘what sort of.’
    • which As indicating one of a number of known or specified things: as, be careful which way you turn.
    • which [Which was formerly used as a clause-connective, along with a personal pronoun which took its place as subject or object, and rendered it redundant save as in its relative value: as, which … he = who; which … his = whose.
    • which A relic of this construction survives in the vulgar use of which as a general introductory word.
    • which Which was formerly often followed by that or as, having the effect of giving emphasis or definiteness.
    • which Redundant for which.
    • n which A chest.
    • n which Specifically, a movable wagon-box.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Alaska got its name from the Aluet word "Alyeska" which means "The Great Land."
    • interrog. pron Which hwich what one of a number?—also used adjectively
    • rel. pron Which (obs.) who, whom: now used of things only
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.”
  • Paul Valery
    Paul%20Valery
    “That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Before borrowing money from a friend decide which you need most.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “That which builds is better than that which is built.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann%20Wolfgang%20Von%20Goethe
    “There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.”
  • Mary Mccarthy
    Mary%20Mccarthy
    “Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.”

Idioms

Know which side one's bread is buttered on - If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.
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Know which way the wind blows - This means that you should know how things are developing and be prepared for the future.
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See which way the cat jumps - (AU) If you see which way the cat jumps, you postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing.
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Which came first the chicken or the egg? - This idiomatic expression is used when it is not clear who or what caused something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. which, whilk, AS. hwilc, hwylc, hwelc, from the root of hwā, who + līc, body; hence properly, of what sort or kind; akin to OS. hwilik, which, OFries. hwelik, D. welk, G. welch, OHG. welīh, hwelīh, Icel. hvīlīkr, Dan. & Sw. hvilken, Goth. hwileiks, hw,leiks,; cf. L. qualis,. . See Who, and Like (a.), and cf. Such

Usage

In literature:

Nevertheless, the oyster which he had got was not the oyster which he wanted.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
I met with passages which had been used as proofs of doctrines to which they had not the slightest reference.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Perhaps also in the future which might be as well as the actual future which will be.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
And the thoughts which it suggests, the images with which it stores our mind, are not without their noblest uses.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It was the desk which had been Allan Mowbray's, and which now was used by his son.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
His firm secured a government contract, for which they paid dearly, and for which they made the Government pay dearer.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
We may illustrate their character from Housesteads, which, in the form in which we know it, perhaps dates from Septimius Severus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
A plain white cross surmounts a large mass of solid masonry on which is the tablet, which General Currie unveiled.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
So I rose and stood gazing down at my legs, which now bore no traces of the brush which Eliza had lent me after supper.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The worst evils which Satan had devised were distanced far by those which had been created by human folly.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
That which seems a trifle to us may be the secret spring which shall move the issues of life and death.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I was somewhat surprised at the eager signs which Duppo made to us to climb up a tree by means of some sipos which hung close at hand.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
He has gained the deck, hauling himself up by a rope which he has clutched.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The whole army, which had now become a flying mass, plunged in the greatest disorder into the wood which had lately been left.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Little as I can say of the details of this policy in which he was concerned, there are one or two points of which I must speak.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Something else which required piecing into the web which linked their lives together.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Charging batteries which have run down, but which are otherwise in good condition, and which do not require repairs.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The ascetic sentimentalism which results from this has a strong element of suggestion which is bad to cultivate.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The Contessa gave him a look in which there was much of that feminine contempt at which men laugh as one of the pretences of women.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
P. S. I have this instant received an answer from my freind Susan, which I enclose to you, and on which you will make your own reflections.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

But sad, but sad is every lad
That day on which we come,
That last last day on which away
We all come from our home.
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
Not by the weary cares of state,
The endless tasks, which will not wait,
Which, often done in vain,
Must yet be done again;
"An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Thou art my sun--thou art my dew,
Spirit by which I live!
Come swift then, and a life renew,
To which thou soul cans't give!
"L' Absence" by Charlotte Dacre
And words of peace shall soothe the woe
Which riches could not heal;
And sweet benevolence bestow
An aid which all must feel.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
There is a smile, which more than tears
Or language can express;
The grim disguise which anguish wears,
The mask of dire distress
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
And may it never hear a vow,
Which I would not rejoice to hear:
And may it never see a smile,
Which on my cheek would cause a tear.
"Western Star" by William Crafts

In news:

The offer, which values the company at up to $7.6 billion, was made by Trian Group, which is headed by activist investor Nelson Peltz.
Other scenic byways in the state include Glenn Highway, which includes Hatcher Pass Road and the Seward Highway, which includes Hope as a spur road.
So named for the temperature at which it carefully stores its hoard of wine, 13 Celsius has become the paradigm by which all other wine bars in Houston are judged.
Since I have never gone the consignment route, how do I know which items are best for that, and which are better off being donated.
Can you tell which is which.
The contest, which is for high school age students, features speeches centered around the Rotary Club's Four-Way Test that is a credo which Rotarians worldwide live by.
It will depend on which map you are looking at, in which catalog and to what it refers to.
View our full coverage, some of which was printed and some of which was online-only content.
The Government of Aaland, which owns the bottles and commissioned the research, says it is planning to establish a charitable foundation which would handle any future requests to replicate the beer.
The stadium in which Koroibos won has not been found, though we are reasonably sure it was somewhat west of the stadium visible today, which was built in the fifth century B.C.
Motions which are significant only to procedure of the meeting in which they are made are not included.
0 W ith few exceptions, critics are fawning over the new film, Sin City, which is based on Frank Miller's famed comics and which grabbed the number-one box-office spot in its opening week.
The most surprising of which is Ministry, the American industrial metal band which disbanded 2008.
Men's Health has these recommendations for which brews to stock up on and, perhaps, which ones to avoid if you're on a calorie budget.
See if you can find out which version is real, and which isn't.
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In science:

Next, define v0 = we, which is a unitary in eAe with vn 0 = e, and ej = epj for 0 ≤ j ≤ n − 1, which are pro jections in eAe which commute with v0 .
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
We propose a new way of defining entropy of a system, which gives a general form which may be nonextensive as Tsallis entropy, but is linearly dependent on component entropies, like Renyi entropy, which is extensive.
A New Nonextensive Entropy
And indeed we do, because the equations of motion in this case are (6) which in the case of SO(4, 1) gauge group have the only solution which is the deSitter spacetime, which is very close to what we see.
Quantum gravity in terms of topological observables
This is not surprising since the spherically symmetric intrinsic geometry of S is already given by the total area which is fixed from the outset. (What is free is the sign of E x (S ), or orientation, which confirms ideas of .) Now the first condition plays a ma jor role, which we evaluate in the form riF (ι∗Ai ) = 2dW .
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
The central language: Ci is the set of words corresponding to the paths which start at qi,2 , which do not cross the α transition, and which stop at qi,1 .
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
The ending language: Ei is the set of words corresponding to the paths which start at qi,2 , which do not cross the α transition, and which stop anywhere.
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
The non-synchronised language: Ti is the set of words which start at the initial state of Ai , which never cross the α transition, and which stop anywhere.
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
The archetype of such a system is the random Heisenberg s = 1/2 antiferromagnet, which exhibits the “random-singlet” (RS) phase.13 In fact, disorder introduced to the pure Heisenberg model (which is a CFT with c=1) is a relevant perturbation, which makes it flow to the RS phase.
Entanglement entropy of the random spin-1 Heisenberg chain
In this paper we will survey a recent line of research by the authors which dealt with the question for which reals x does there exist a probability measure which makes x random without concentrating on x.
Probability Measures and Effective Randomness
But also, there are parts of some proofs in [24, 25] which I have read, which appeared to me to be either lacking in detail at some important points, or to have problems which needed fixing.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
For any distribution of the disorder which is translationally invariant (which includes all choices in which the Wn are i.i.d.), the disorder-averaged propagators depend only on the difference m = n − i.
Duality between random trap and barrier models
But coarse graining is also fundamental for the second law in statistical mechanics, which is the only law in classical physics which is “oriented in time” and also the one which can be only understood in terms of change of scales.
Why Renormalizable NonCommutative Quantum Field Theories?
The Carter subgroups of ˆH play a central role in what follows, largely because of Lemma 6.19 below, which treats both the case in which ˆH is abelian and in which it is not.
Minimal connected simple groups of finite Morley rank with strongly embedded subgroups
DNA ensemble , which is defined as the ensemble of the molecules which have at least one base pair which is formed, i.e. with y < ξ .
Experimental and theoretical studies of sequence effects on the fluctuation and melting of short DNA molecules
Cimatti et al. 2008 note that there is a class of local ob jects which may be direct descendents of the high-z samples for which the merger hypothesis is unnecessary – these are the fast rotators in the sample of Bernardi et al. 2008 which have large σ but small sizes.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
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