How

Definitions

  • "How it tasted—well, I've never heard!"
    "How it tasted—well, I've never heard!"
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • How At what price; how dear. "How a score of ewes now?""Let me beg you -- don't say “ How ?” for “What?”"
    • How By what name, designation, or title. "How art thou called?"
    • How For what reason; from what cause. "How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?"
    • How In what manner or way; by what means or process. "How can a man be born when he is old?"
    • How In what state, condition, or plight. "How , and with what reproach, shall I return?"
    • How To what degree or extent, number or amount; in what proportion; by what measure or quality. "O, how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.""By how much they would diminish the present extent of the sea, so much they would impair the fertility, and fountains, and rivers of the earth."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

HOW NOT HOW NOT
"How sweet she would look!" "How sweet she would look!"
naw! Lemme Show Ye How!' 107 naw! Lemme Show Ye How!' 107
HOW NOT TO DRIVE HOW NOT TO DRIVE
How it hurts to lose How it hurts to lose
The Marshal tells how he killed the Dragon The Marshal tells how he killed the Dragon
How to use the axe How to use the axe
"HOW I LOVE YOU, MR. STUBBS!" "HOW I LOVE YOU, MR. STUBBS!"

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The seventeenth president of the United States, Andrew Johnson did not know how to read until he was 17 years old
    • how A. interrogative. In what way? in what manner?
    • how By what means?—as, how did he do it? how did you come?
    • how To what degree or extent? in what proportion or amount? by what measure or quantity?—qualifying an adverb or adjective of degree or quantity: as, how large was it? how far did you go? how many tickets did you get?
    • how In this use often exclamatory in form and affirmative in meaning.
    • how Such sentences also take in modern speech the affirmative form: as, how much better you are looking! how little you have changed! how stupid he is!
    • how In what state, condition, or plight?
    • how So colloquially, in reference to one's health or affairs: as, how do you do? how have you been? how's your family? he asked how you all were; how is business?
    • how At what price?—as, how do you sell your potatoes? how is wheat going now?
    • how For what reason ? why?
    • how To what effect? what? — with regard to a thing said or asked about, as when one asks an opinion or a repetition of a thing said and not understood: equivalent to the simple what?—as, how say you, gentlemen of the jury? How used alone, instead of what, is chiefly colloquial.
    • how With this use of how is connected its interjectional use, marking surprise, or being a mere greeting or call.
    • how In this use often with now: as, how now! what are you doing?
    • how B. relative. In what way; in what manner; the way or manner in which …: introducing a relative clause and performing the office of a conjunctional adverb.
    • how By what means; the means by which.
    • how To what degree or extent; in what proportion or amount; by what measure or quantity: qualifying an adverb or adjective: as, I do not know how large it is; I asked him how far he had traveled.
    • how In what state, condition, or plight.
    • how At what price: as, he inquired how the stocks were selling.
    • how For what reason; why.
    • how That: with reference to the manner, and also to the result: in objective clauses, after say, tell, relate, report, etc.
    • how Especially in combination: How that, that.
    • how As how, that.
    • n how The manner of doing or becoming; way.
    • n how A low hill: obsolete or dialectal, but retained in some place-names: as, Silver How, near Grasmere; Fox How.
    • how Hollow; deep or low.
    • n how Any hollow place.
    • n how The hold of a ship.
    • n how A glen; a dell; also, a plain.
    • how To care.
    • n how Care; anxiety.
    • how Careful.
    • n how A Scotch form of houve.
    • how A syllable of salutation among various tribes of American Indians. ‘When friends or kindred have not met for about a month they say, on meeting, ‘Hau! kagéha,’ ho! younger brother, ‘Hau! negíha,’ ho! mother's brother, etc., calling each other by their respective kinship titles, if there be any, and then they shake hands. There are no other verbal salutations.’ (Dorsey, Omaha Sociology, 3d An. Rep. Bur. Ethn., 1881–2.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The parents of Albert Einstein were worried that he was mentally slow because it took him a long time to learn how to speak
    • adv How how in what manner: to what extent: for what reason: by what means: from what cause: in what condition:
    • n How Howe (Scot.) a hollow, glen, dell, or narrow plain.
    • n How how (prov.) a low hill.
    • adv How how (N.T.) sometimes=that
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Quotations

  • Marie Dressler
    Marie Dressler
    “It is not how old you are, but how you are old.”
  • Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    “How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it”
  • David J. Schwartz
    David%20J.%20Schwartz
    “How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

Idioms

How come - If you want to show disbelief or surprise about an action, you can ask a question using 'how come'. How come he got the job? (You can't believe that they gave the job to somebody like him)
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How do you like them apples - (USA) This idiomatic expression is used to express surprise or shock at something that has happened. It can also be used to boast about something you have done.
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How long is a piece of string - If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
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How's tricks? - This is used as a way of asking people how they are and how things have been going in their life.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. how, hou, hu, hwu, AS. h, from the same root as hwā, hwæt, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hwō,w, D. hoe, cf. G. wie, how, Goth. hwē, wherewith, hwaiwa, how. √182. See Who, and cf. Why
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. is prob. a form of hwí, in what way, why, the instrumental case of hwá, who.

Usage

In literature:

She was thinking how very lovely it was, and how very dear it had become to her.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I knew how to eat jumballs very well indeed, but how to make them I knew no more than Mr Parmenter's eyeglass.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
He will tell you how angry I was with L'Ouverture, how cruel I thought him on that dreadful day.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
The exhibition of the evidence showed how penetrating, how sagacious, as well as how industrious, malice can be.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
How wickedly he looked at you when Maurice pictured how dear you were to him!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
How many good, and how many mean people these troubles have shown us!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Norman, seeing how eager Francois was to shoot one of these birds, resolved to aid him by his advice.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
How can you hope, how can you possibly hope to do anything original, if you're constantly breathing that atmosphere?
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Or shall I tell you again how dearly, how truly I love you?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
How many wasps enter and how many leave the nest in a minute?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
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In poetry:

How still,
How strangely still
The water is today,
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.
"Sea Calm" by Langston Hughes
The Sabbath morn! How beautiful,
How peaceful and how blest;
An Angel's whisper seems to lull
The weary world to rest.
"Sabbath" by James Avis Bartley
There he will show us how he was
Our prophet, priest, and king;
And how he did maintain our cause,
And us to glory bring.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
How the means for man's redemption,
In his own possession rest,
How the country can be happy,
And the people can be blest.
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
In vain I task my aching brain,
In vain the sage's thought I scan,
I only feel how weak and vain,
How poor and blind, is man.
"The Wish Of To-Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"You know how fondly I have loved,
How long, how true, how dear,
And though fate sends me far away
My heart will linger here.
"The Adieu To Eliza" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

She told Al Jazera reporter that she is more interested to show the public how she can serve the people as a member in the parliament or how she will benefit them rather than to focus on her appearance.
When it comes to food, would you rather know how many calories you're ingesting or how much treadmill time it'll take to burn off the calories.
Dougherty High School football coach Jesse Hicks says "it's not how heavy the load, it's how you carry it.".
Coach Heather Kea showed just how serious she is about maximizing the potential of her senior-laden Westminster girls volleyball team by how long she was in the Wildcats' ears last Wednesday following a match with Parkway Central.
I kind of forgot for a moment how I personally came of age in the early years of AIDS and how it has been an integral part of my life ever since.
How to save money going paperless Do you know how much it costs your company per year to manage paper.
How to write a how-to book.
How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 380 pp.
The question, however , is not how well they play, but how often.
Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them.
Trying to figure out how many black holes are active at any time is important for understanding how they grow within galaxies and how this growth is affected by their environment.
Todd and his wife, Melody, talk about how they have coped with the grief and how their marriage has fared.
How's this for an offer you can't refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health.
Two articles caught my eye and made me think about how the serious nature of the recent drug shortages and also how pharmacists can help—and how they have helped in the past.
But there is a difference between how the military manages its data centers in garrison and how things are run in the field.
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In science:

Specifically, we study (1) how the global graph structure varies with the control parameter β in the entire range before the rigidity transition, and (2) how these structural properties influence the relaxation of the network and the dynamics of the random walk with variable walk strategies.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
The expression ℑ(3J − X ) can be simplified considerably, but I do not see how to write it as a linear function of B ; thus, it is not clear at this point how to recover Biane’s result directly from Theorem 2.
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
Let us illustrate how random walks are harnessed in classical computer science by describing how they help to solve the s− t connectivity problem.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
First, given that MHD turbulence generated by the MRI drives accretion, it is important to understand how the MRI operates in a collisionless plasma and how the resulting turbulent energy is transferred to the particles.
On the Viability of Two-temperature Accretion Flows
In we showed how one could incorporate into the framework mesonic superfields, and how to obtain the classical Veneziano-Yankielowicz-Taylor/Affleck-Dine-Seiberg superpotentials directly from the matrix model.
The Dijkgraaf-Vafa correspondence for theories with fundamental matter fields
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