From what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how; -- used interrogatively.
- From where; from what place: Whence came this traveler?
- From what origin or source: Whence comes this splendid feast?
- Out of which place; from or out of which.
- By reason of which; from which: The dog was coal black from nose to tail, whence the name Shadow.