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Definitions of Which

  1.   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.
  2.   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 to “ a 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.
  3.   Interrogative; as, which house is yours?.
  4.   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.
  5.   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".
  6.   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.
  7.   Of what sort or kind; what; what a; who.
  8.   Which was often formerly preceded by the definite article the. That worthy name by the which ye are called.
  9.   Used in relation to things, and demonstratively and interrogatively, both for persons and things, as, " the tree which," " which man?".
  10.   A word of interrogation in all genders; as, which man? Which woman? Which house? Also a relative in reference to things neuter.
  11.   What particular one of a certain number or class referred to.
  12.   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.

Quotes of Which

  1. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting distributes an annual appropriation that we provide in accordance with a statutory formula, the vast majority of which goes directly to public radio and television stations. – Earl Blumenauer
  2. An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field. – Niels Bohr
  3. Iron which is brought near a spiral of copper wire, traversed by an electrical current, becomes magnetic, and then attracts other pieces of iron, or a suitably placed steel magnet. – Hermann von Helmholtz
  4. A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows. – O. Henry
  5. An excellent job with a dubious undertaking, which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful. – Ada Louise Huxtable
  6. Well, I think he's right to notice that there is a difference in attitudes and even in the broadest sense of world view between Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Which is old and which is new is an interesting question, and I almost think that maybe he's got it backwards. – Robert Kagan
  7. True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me. – Gustav Klimt
  8. It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it. – Penelope Lively
  9. I am here to accept responsibility for that which I did. I will not accept responsibility for that which I did not do. – Oliver North
  10. In the due exercise of your official power, in strictest accordance with law and the Constitution, you can deprive the enemy of that which above all else, has given, and still gives him, aid and comfort. – Robert Dale Owen
  11. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. – Carroll Quigley
  12. I've always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you're not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it. – Hazel Scott
  13. There are clear cases in which "understanding" literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument. – John Searle
  14. Of course I realize that photography is not the technical facility as much as it is the eye, and this decision that one makes for the moment at which you are going to snap, you know. – Ben Shahn
  15. Oil prices have fallen lately. We include this news for the benefit of gas stations, which otherwise wouldn't learn of it for six months. – William D. Tammeus

Usage examples for Which

  1. “ " '" Which I shorely be!" ” – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  2. But if it is something which He can use, He will make us do ever so much more with it than before. ” – Kept for the Master's Use by Frances Ridley Havergal
  3. Can you say which one it is? ” – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  4. Nothing more easy than for him to bring out Andrew's at the same time; which was done. ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  5. Which would it go to? ” – A-Birding on a Bronco by Florence A. Merriam
  6. “ 5662. Was that for fish which you did not get at all? ” – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  7. Which one of them was it? ” – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  8. And which are you going to do? ” – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  9. Shall I have one moment in which to speak to him alone? ” – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  10. After all, which is better? ” – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  11. Which way did you come back? ” – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  12. Isn't there some way in which I can help you? ” – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  13. So now which way do we go? ” – Voodoo Planet by Andrew North
  14. Which way shall you? ” – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  15. The answer which came to his mind was, Perhaps never. ” – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  16. Which is my way? ” – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  17. All of which may or may not be so. ” – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  18. “ I wish I could take you home with me, which you would not like at all. ” – Lucile Triumphant by Elizabeth M. Duffield
  19. There was a way of doing this of which he had not thought before. ” – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  20. They were waiting for something which had not yet happened. ” – Dusty Star by Olaf Baker

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