- In what manner or way; by what means or process." How can a man be born when he is old?" [John iii. 4.]
- 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.]
- For what reason; from what cause." How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?" [Shak.]
- In what state, condition, or plight." How, and with what reproach, shall I return?" [Dryden.]
- By what name, designation, or title." How art thou called?" [Shak.]
- At what price; how dear.(Obs)" How a score of ewes now?" [Shak.]"Let me beg you -- don't say “ How?” for “What?”" [Holmes.]
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.
Etymology: OE. how hou hu hwu, AS. h�, from the same root as hwā hwæt, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hwōw, D. hoe, cf. G. wie how, Goth. hwē wherewith, hwaiwa how. √182. See Who, and cf. Why