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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  How  \How\,  adv  [OE.  how  hou,  hu  hwu,  AS  h?,  from  the  same 
  root  as  hw[=a],  hw[ae]t,  who  what  pron.  interrog.;  akin  to 
  OS  hw[=o]w,  D.  hoe,  cf  G.  wie  how  Goth.  hw[=e]  wherewith, 
  hwaiwa  how  [root]182.  See  {Who},  and  cf  {Why}.] 
  1.  In  what  manner  or  way  by  what  means  or  process. 
 
  How  can  a  man  be  born  when  he  is  old?  --John  iii.  4. 
 
  2.  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  --Ps.  cxix. 
  97. 
 
  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.  --Bentley. 
 
  3.  For  what  reason;  from  what  cause 
 
  How  now  my  love!  why  is  your  cheek  so  pale?  --Shak. 
 
  4.  In  what  state,  condition,  or  plight. 
 
  How  and  with  what  reproach,  shall  I  return? 
  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  By  what  name  designation,  or  title. 
 
  How  art  thou  called?  --Shak. 
 
  6.  At  what  price;  how  dear.  [Obs.] 
 
  How  a  score  of  ewes  now?  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  How  is  used  in  each  sense  interrogatively, 
  interjectionally,  and  relatively;  it  is  also  often 
  employed  to  emphasize  an  interrogation  or  exclamation. 
  ``How  are  the  mighty  fallen!''  --2  Sam.  i.  27. 
  Sometimes  also  it  is  used  as  a  noun  --  as  the  how 
  the  when  the  wherefore.  --Shelley. 
 
  Let  me  beg  you  --  don't  say  ``How?''  for 
  ``What?''  --Holmes. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  how 
  adv  1:  to  what  extent  or  amount  or  degree;  "how  tall  is  she?" 
  2:  in  what  way  or  manner  or  by  what  means  "how  did  you  catch 
  the  snake?";  "he  told  us  how  he  did  it";  (`however'  is 
  used  as  an  intensive  of  `how'  as  in  "however  did  you  get 
  here  so  soon?")  [syn:  {however}] 




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