Definitions of Which

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

Usage examples for Which

  1. Which is my way? – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. Can you say which one it is? – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  3. The answer which came to his mind was, Perhaps never. – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  4. Shall I have one moment in which to speak to him alone? – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  5. Which way shall you? – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  6. So now which way do we go? – Voodoo Planet by Andrew North
  7. They were waiting for something which had not yet happened. – Dusty Star by Olaf Baker
  8. 5662. Was that for fish which you did not get at all? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. And which are you going to do? – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  10. 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
  11. After all, which is better? – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  12. Which would it go to? – A-Birding on a Bronco by Florence A. Merriam
  13. " '" Which I shorely be!" – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  14. Isn't there some way in which I can help you? – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  15. Which way did you come back? – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  16. There was a way of doing this of which he had not thought before. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  17. Which one of them was it? – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  18. I wish I could take you home with me, which you would not like at all. – Lucile Triumphant by Elizabeth M. Duffield
  19. 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
  20. All of which may or may not be so. – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman