When to Whet
(When) adv. [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS. hwænne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS.
hwan, OD. wan, OHG. wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to E. who. .
1. At what time; used interrogatively.
When shall these things be?Matt. xxiv. 3.
See the Note under What, pron., 1.
2. At what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or just after, the moment that; used relatively.
Take their advantage when and how they list.
Book lore ne'er served, when trial came,J. H. Newman.
Nor gifts, when faith was dead.
3. While; whereas; although; used in the manner of a conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial
sentence or clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative relation to the principal proposition; as,
he chose to turn highwayman when he might have continued an honest man; he removed the tree when
it was the best in the grounds.
4. Which time; then; used elliptically as a noun.
I was adopted heir by his consent;Shak.
Since when, his oath is broke.
When was formerly used as an exclamation of surprise or impatience, like what!
Come hither; mend my ruff:J. Webster. When as, When that, at the time that; when. [Obs.]
Here, when! thou art such a tedious lady!
When as sacred light began to dawn.Milton.
When that mine eye is famished for a look.Shak.
(When"as`) conj. Whereas; while [Obs.]
Whenas, if they would inquire into themselves, they would find no such matter.Barrow.
(Whence) adv. [OE. whennes, whens (with adverbial s, properly a genitive ending; see -
wards), also whenne, whanene, AS. hwanan, hwanon, hwonan, hwanone; akin to D. when. See
When, and cf. Hence, Thence.]
1. From what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how;
Whence hath this man this wisdom?Matt. xiii. 54.
Whence and what art thou?Milton.
2. From what or which place, source, material, cause, etc.; the place, source, etc., from which; used
Grateful to acknowledge whence his goodMilton.