(?), adv. [OE. whider. AS. hwider; akin to E. where, who; cf. Goth. hvadr whither. See Who, and cf. Hither, Thither.]
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1. To what place; -- used interrogatively; as, whither goest thou? "Whider may I flee?" Chaucer.
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Sir Valentine, whither away so fast?
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2. To what or which place; -- used relatively.
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That no man should know . . . whither that he went.
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We came unto the land whither thou sentest us.
Num. xiii. 27.
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3. To what point, degree, end, conclusion, or design; whereunto; whereto; -- used in a sense not physical.
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Nor have I . . . whither to appeal.
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Any whither, to any place; anywhere. [Obs.] "Any whither, in hope of life eternal." Jer. Taylor. -- No whither, to no place; nowhere. [Obs.] 2 Kings v. 25.
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Syn. -- Where. -- Whither, Where. Whither properly implies motion to place, and where rest in a place. Whither is now, however, to a great extent, obsolete, except in poetry, or in compositions of a grave and serious character and in language where precision is required. Where has taken its place, as in the question, "Where are you going?"
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