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Definitions for whence
ʰwɛns, wɛnswhence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whenceadverb

    from what place, source, or cause

Wiktionary

  1. whenceadverb

    From where; from which place or source.

    Whence came I?

  2. whenceconjunction

    From where.

  3. whenceconjunction

    From which.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whenceadverb

    from what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how; -- used interrogatively

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Whenceadverb

    from what or which place, source, material, cause, etc.; the place, source, etc., from which; -- used relatively

    Etymology: [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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of whence in a Sentence

  1. Omar Khayyám:

    Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

  2. George Mac Donald:

    He took his key. It turned in the lock to the sounds of Aeolian music. A door opened upon slow hinges, and disclosed a winding stair within. The key vanished from his fingers. Tangle went up. Mossy followed. The door closed behind them. They climbed out of the earth; and, still climbing, rose above it. They were in the rainbow. Far abroad, over ocean and land, they could see through ours transparent walls the earth beneath their get. Stairs beside stairs wound up together, and beautiful beings of all ages climbed along with them. They knew that they were going up to the country whence the shadows fall And by this time I think they must have got there.

  3. James Arthur Baldwin:

    Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

  4. Machiavelli:

    I have often thought that the cause of men?s good or ill fortune depends on whether they make their actions fit with the times. A man having prospered by one mode of acting can never be persuaded that it may be well for him to act differently, whence it is that a man?s Fortune varies, because she changes her times and he does not his ways.

  5. Emanuele Ottolenghi:

    Similarly the administration can sanction the Iranian airports whence Mahan Air Corporation troop flights to Syria leave. It can sanction the company that provides fuel to Mahan in Iran. If it knows banks involved in managing payments in Europe for Mahan Air’s transactions on these services, it can similarly sanction them or at least impose fines, in short a lot more can be done.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. brasserie
    • B. secession
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