How

How

(?), adv. [OE. how, hou, hu, hwu, AS. h, from the same root as hw, hwt, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hww, D. hoe, cf. G. wie how, Goth. hw wherewith, hwaiwa how. 182. See Who, and cf. Why.] 1. In what manner or way; by what means or process.
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How can a man be born when he is old?
John iii. 4.
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2. To what degree or extent, number or amount; in what proportion; by what measure or quality.
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O, how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Ps. cxix. 97.
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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.
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3. For what reason; from what cause.
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How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?
Shak.
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4. In what state, condition, or plight.
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How, and with what reproach, shall I return?
Dryden.
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5. By what name, designation, or title.
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How art thou called?
Shak.
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6. At what price; how dear. [Obs.]
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How a score of ewes now?
Shak.
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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.
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Let me beg you -- don't say "How?" for "What?"
Holmes.
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