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wherefrom

[hwair-fruhm, -from, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈfrʌm, -ˈfrɒm, wɛər-/
conjunction, adverb
1.
from which; whence.
Origin of wherefrom
1480-1490
First recorded in 1480-90; where + from
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  • wherefrom do they acquire these tendencies, these peculiarities?

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  • wherefrom the Breton judged, as at Winchester, that Hereward had no lust to fight.

  • On one occasion the enemy and ourselves rushed for the top of two different kopjes, wherefrom to pepper one another.

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  • They promised what he would; wherefrom they all fared well, when King Gunther saw fair Brunhild.

  • Folker and Hagen gan speak to Etzel all their mind, wherefrom these heroes bold and good came thereafter into danger.

  • And so ugly ill befell from that going to the river, and that knowing of the ring, wherefrom did all their talk arise.

  • He clutched at the edge of his coat and raised it to his lips, wherefrom blood was gushing forth.

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  • The locations of the centres, wherefrom to strike these curves, are obtained as in Fig. 142.

  • The rear foot operates during the forward stroke as a fulcrum, wherefrom to push the file.

British Dictionary definitions for wherefrom

wherefrom

/wɛəˈfrɒm/
adverb
1.
from what or where? whence?
pronoun
2.
from which place; whence
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