Whither

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whither To what or which place; -- used relatively. "That no man should know . . . whither that he went.""We came unto the land whither thou sentest us."
    • Whither To what place; -- used interrogatively; as, whither goest thou? "Whider may I flee?""Sir Valentine, whither away so fast?"
    • Whither To what point, degree, end, conclusion, or design; whereunto; whereto; -- used in a sense not physical. "Nor have I . . . whither to appeal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whither To make a rushing noise; make a tumult in the atmosphere; roar, rustle, or whistle, as the wind; bellow, as a bull.
    • whither To what place?
    • whither To what point or degree ? how far ?
    • whither To which place.
    • whither Whithersoever.
    • whither Where has now to a considerable extent taken the place, in conversational use, of whither: thus, it would seem rather stilted to say “whither are you going?” instead of “where are you going?” Whither is still used, however, in the more elevated or serious style, or when precision is required.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Whither hwith′ėr to what place? to which place: to what: whithersoever
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Quotations

  • Thornton Wilder
    Thornton%20Wilder
    “My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
    Oliver%20Cromwell
    “No man rises so high as he knows not whither he goes.”
  • David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan
    “The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “We must ask where we are and whither we are tending.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whider,. AS. hwider,; akin to E. where, who,; cf. Goth. hvadrē, whither. See Who, and cf. Hither Thither
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwider, from the stem of who. Cf. Thither, There.

Usage

In literature:

They asked Atli whither he meant to go?
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Oh whither shall I fly?
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
The murder took place near the gorge, on the mesa north of it, whither she had gone to collect the edible fruit of the pinon tree.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
And whither art thou hurrying?
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
General Froneman had now returned from Smithfield, whither I had sent him to attack the garrison.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
Carry me whither you please.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
So the prince bade adieu to his mother and relations and friends, and rode off on his horse, whither he did not know.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Into the darkness, into the night, what mattered whither, when such fierce anger boiled within him?
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
The river seemed to have a soul, to know whither it was flowing.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Whither shall we turn now?
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
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In poetry:

But lo! now Winter glooms,
And gray is in my hair,
Whither has flown the world
I found so fair?
"Mea Culpa" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Whither can my legs be flown!
Ladies, tell me whither:
Ah, woeful case! perhaps they're gone
For ever and for ever.
"Long Breeches" by William Hutton
Ah, my falcon, woe the day!
Tell me, whither art thou flying
I will follow all the way--
Since thou wentest I am dying.
"Yesternight I Walked Abroad" by Anonymous European
Oh! is there not, grim mortal, tell,
Places of bliss and wo?
Oh! is there not a heaven, a hell?
But whither wilt thou go?
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Yet thou alone hast pow'r, I know,
To save a wretch like me;
To whom, or whither, could I go,
If I should turn from thee?
"Will Ye Also Go Away?" by John Newton
But Thou, even now, canst change my heart,
For very good, O God, thou art;
And thou can'st give me ample grace,
To run aright my earthly race;
Nor wander whither I must die,
Far from the comfort of Thine eye.
"The Child's Prayer" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Whither the black church on HIV.
Big East Bust-Out: Whither UConn.
Whither our sense of outrage .
After the election, whither the Tea Party .
Whither our sense of outrage.
Whither the Middle Class.
Whither the Public Union.
Whither the 'conservative' party in Manitoba.
Whither a Kardashians court.
Whither go Sprinter & Bullet.
Whither Artisphere's Salsa Nights.
Whither the Tea Party.
It's that time: Whither C.C.
O'Reilly: Whither the Obama bumper stickers.
Whither Contemporary Art at The Honolulu Museum.
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In science:

Whither QCD? The rules of quantum mechanics ensure that quantum chromodynamics is a nearly ubiquitous feature in high energy physics, a key player in nearly every experimental program, present and pro jected.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
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