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whether

whether


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Whether  \Wheth"er\,  pron.  [OE.  whether,  AS  hw[ae]?er;  akin  to 
  OS  hwe?ar,  OFries  hweder,  OHG.  hwedar  wedar,  G.  weder, 
  conj.,  neither,  Icel.  hv[=a]rr  whether,  Goth.  hwa?ar,  Lith. 
  katras  L.  uter,  Gr  ?,  ?,  Skr.  katara,  from  the 
  interrogatively  pronoun,  in  AS  hw[=a]  who  ????.  See  {Who}, 
  and  cf  {Either},  {Neither},  {Or},  conj.] 
  Which  (of  two);  which  one  (of  two);  --  used  interrogatively 
  and  relatively.  [Archaic] 
 
  Now  choose  yourself  whether  that  you  liketh  --Chaucer. 
 
  One  day  in  doubt  I  cast  for  to  compare  Whether  in 
  beauties'  glory  did  exceed.  --Spenser. 
 
  Whether  of  them  twain  did  the  will  of  his  father? 
  --Matt.  xxi. 
  31. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Whether  \Wheth"er\,  conj. 
  In  case;  if  --  used  to  introduce  the  first  or  two  or  more 
  alternative  clauses,  the  other  or  others  being  connected  by 
  or  or  by  or  whether.  When  the  second  of  two  alternatives  is 
  the  simple  negative  of  the  first  it  is  sometimes  only 
  indicated  by  the  particle  not  or  no  after  the  correlative, 
  and  sometimes  it  is  omitted  entirely  as  being  distinctly 
  implied  in  the  whether  of  the  first 
 
  And  now  who  knows  But  you  Lorenzo,  whether  I  am  yours? 
  --Shak. 
 
  You  have  said  but  whether  wisely  or  no  let  the  forest 
  judge.  --Shak. 
 
  For  whether  we  live,  we  live  unto  the  Lord;  and  whether 
  we  die,  we  die  unto  the  Lord;  whether  we  live 
  therefore,  or  die,  we  are  the  Lord's.  --Rom.  xiv.  8. 
 
  But  whether  thus  these  things  or  whether  not  Whether 
  the  sun,  predominant  in  heaven,  Rise  on  the  earth,  or 
  earth  rise  on  the  sun,  .  .  .  Solicit  not  thy  thoughts 
  with  matters  hid.  --Milton. 
 
  {Whether  or  no},  in  either  case;  in  any  case;  as  I  will  go 
  whether  or  no 
 
  {Whether  that},  whether.  --Shak.