Which

Which

(?), pron. [OE. which, whilk, AS. hwilc, hwylc, hwelc, from the root of hw who + lc body; hence properly, of what sort or kind; akin to OS. hwilik which, OFries. hwelik, D. welk, G. welch, OHG. welh, hwelh, Icel. hvlkr, Dan. & Sw. hvilken, Goth. hwileiks, hwleiks; cf. L. qualis. . See Who, and Like, a., and cf. Such.]
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1. Of what sort or kind; what; what a; who. [Obs.]
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And which they weren and of what degree.
Chaucer.
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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.
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Which of you convinceth me of sin?
John viii. 46.
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3. 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.
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And when thou fail'st -- as God forbid the hour! --
Must Edward fall, which peril heaven forfend!
Shak.
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God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen. ii. 2.
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Our Father, which art in heaven.
Matt. vi. 9.
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The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Cor. iii. 17.
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4. 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.
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The which was formerly often used for which. The expressions which that, which as, were also sometimes used by way of emphasis.
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Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
James ii. 7.
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Which, referring to a series of preceding sentences, or members of a sentence, may have all joined to it adjectively. "All which, as a method of a proclamation, is very convenient." Carlyle.
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Which*ev"er

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Which`so*ev"er

(?), } pron. & a. Whether one or another; whether one or the other; which; that one (of two or more) which; as, whichever road you take, it will lead you to town.
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