whereof


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where·of

 (wâr-ŏv′, -ŭv′, hwâr-)
conj.
1. Of what: I know whereof I speak.
2.
a. Of which: ancient pottery whereof many examples are lost.
b. Of whom.
adv. Archaic
Of what.
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whereof

(wɛərˈɒv)
adv
of what or which person or thing?
pron
of which (person or thing): the man whereof I speak is no longer alive.
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where•of

(ʰwɛərˈʌv, -ˈɒv, wɛər-)

adv., conj.
of what, which, or whom.
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Translations

whereof

[wɛərˈɒv] ADV (frm or liter) → de que
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whereof

adv (obs) (= about which)worüber; (= out of which)woraus; (Jur) → dessen; in witness whereofzu Urkund or Zeugnis dessen … (old)
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You may observe, that amongst all the great and worthy persons (whereof the memory remaineth, either ancient or recent) there is not one, that hath been transported to the mad degree of love: which shows that great spirits, and great business, do keep out this weak passion.
But the creatures ran off a second time, before I could seize them; whereupon there was a great shout in a very shrill accent, and after it ceased I heard one of them cry aloud TOLGO PHONAC; when in an instant I felt above a hundred arrows discharged on my left hand, which, pricked me like so many needles; and besides, they shot another flight into the air, as we do bombs in Europe, whereof many, I suppose, fell on my body,
When the people observed I was quiet, they discharged no more arrows; but, by the noise I heard, I knew their numbers increased; and about four yards from me, over against my right ear, I heard a knocking for above an hour, like that of people at work; when turning my head that way, as well as the pegs and strings would permit me, I saw a stage erected about a foot and a half from the ground, capable of holding four of the inhabitants, with two or three ladders to mount it: from whence one of them, who seemed to be a person of quality, made me a long speech, whereof I understood not one syllable.
He appeared to be of a middle age, and taller than any of the other three who attended him, whereof one was a page that held up his train, and seemed to be somewhat longer than my middle finger; the other two stood one on each side to support him.
He often builds his largest men of war, whereof some are nine feet long, in the woods where the timber grows, and has them carried on these engines three or four hundred yards to the sea.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the thirteenth day of June, in the forty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, Charles Wiley, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words and figures following, to wit:
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno.
Regarding the Sperm whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins, whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
After the transaction Wilson will operate a fleet of 107 ships, whereof 75 are controlled by the company.
Ratos intends to sell up to 51% of its shares in Lindab in conjunction with the IPO, whereof up to 45% of Ratos' holding is part of the basic offering and the remaining 6% corresponds to an over-allotment option.