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Meaning of WHETHER

Pronunciation:  'wedhur

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wheth"er\, pron. [OE. whether, AS. hw[ae]?er; akin to
    OS. hwe?ar, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder,
    conj., neither, Icel. hv[=a]rr whether, Goth. hwa?ar, Lith.
    katras, L. uter, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. katara, from the
    interrogatively pronoun, in AS. hw[=a] who. ????. See {Who},
    and cf. {Either}, {Neither}, {Or}, conj.]
    Which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively
    and relatively. [Archaic]
          Now choose yourself whether that you liketh. --Chaucer.
          One day in doubt I cast for to compare Whether in
          beauties' glory did exceed.              --Spenser.
          Whether of them twain did the will of his father?
                                                   --Matt. xxi.
  2. \Wheth"er\, conj.
    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 knows But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?
          You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest
          judge.                                   --Shak.
          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.    --Rom. xiv. 8.
          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.                        --Milton.
    {Whether or no}, in either case; in any case; as, I will go
       whether or no.
    {Whether that}, whether. --Shak.