(obsolete) Which of two.
(obsolete) Where (that).
(obsolete) Which of two.
In contrast; whilst on the contrary; although.
‘He came first in the race whereas his brother came last.’;
(obsolete) Introducing a direct interrogative question (often with correlative or) which indicates doubt between alternatives.
It being the fact that; inasmuch as.
Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative or).
‘He chose the correct answer, but I don't know whether it was by luck or by skill.’;
A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.
Without a correlative, used to introduce a simple indirect question.
‘Do you know whether he's coming?’;
At which place; where.
‘At last they came whereas that lady bode.’;
Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).
‘He's coming, whether you like it or not.’;
Considering that; it being the case that; since; - used to introduce a preamble which is the basis of declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like, that follow.
Which (of two); which one (of two); - used interrogatively and relatively.
‘Now choose yourself whether that you liketh.’; ‘One day in doubt I cast for to compareWhether in beauties' glory did exceed.’; ‘Whether of them twain did the will of his father?’;
When in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in truth that; although; - implying opposition to something that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes followed by a different statement, and sometimes by inferences or something consequent.
‘Are not those found to be the greatest zealots who are most notoriously ignorant? whereas true zeal should always begin with true knowledge.’;
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 knowsBut you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?’; ‘You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.’; ‘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.’; ‘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.’;