Houve Houve noun [ Anglo-Saxon hūfe .] A head covering of various kinds; a hood; a coif; a cap. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Houyhnhnm Hou·yhnhnm" noun One of the race of horses described by Swift in his imaginary travels of Lemuel Gulliver. The Houyhnhnms were endowed with reason and noble qualities; subject to them were Yahoos, a race of brutes having the form and all the worst vices of men.
Hove Hove imperfect & past participle of Heave . Hove short , Hove to . See To heave a cable short , To heave a ship to , etc., under Heave .
Hove Hove intransitive verb & t. To rise; to swell; to heave; to cause to swell. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Holland. Burns.
Hove Hove intransitive verb [ Middle English hoven . See Hover .] To hover around; to loiter; to lurk. [ Obsolete] Gower.
Hovel Hov"el noun [ Middle English hovel , hovil , probably a dim. from Anglo-Saxon hof house; akin to D. & German hof court, yard, Icelandic hof temple; confer Prov. English hove to take shelter, heuf shelter, home.] 1. An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather. Brande & C. 2. A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut. 3. (Porcelain Manuf.) A large conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped. Knight.
Hovel Hov"el transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hoveled
; present participle & verbal noun Hoveling
.] To put in a hovel; to shelter.
To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlon. Shak.
The poor are hoveled and hustled together. Tennyson.
Hoveler Hov"el·er noun One who assists in saving life and property from a wreck; a coast boatman. [ Written also hoveller .] [ Prov. Eng.] G. P. R. James.
Hoveling Hov"el·ing noun A method of securing a good draught in chimneys by covering the top, leaving openings in the sides, or by carrying up two of the sides higher than the other two. [ Written also hovelling .]
Hoven Ho"ven obsolete or archaic past participle of Heave .
Hoven Ho"ven adjective Affected with the disease called hoove ; as, hoven cattle.
Hover Hov"er noun [ Etymol. doubtful.] A cover; a shelter; a protection. [ Archaic] Carew. C. Kingsley.
Hover Hov"er intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hovered
; present participle & verbal noun Hovering
.] [ Middle English hoveren
, and hoven
, probably orig., to abide, linger, and from Anglo-Saxon hof
house; confer OFries. hovia
to receive into one's house. See Hovel
.] 1. To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something.
Great flights of birds are hovering about the bridge, and settling on it. Addison.
A hovering mist came swimming o'er his sight. Dryden. 2. To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.
Agricola having sent his navy to hover on the coast. Milton.
Hovering o'er the paper with her quill. Shak.
Hover-hawk Hov"er-hawk` noun (Zoology) The kestrel.
Hoverer Hov"er·er noun A device in an incubator for protecting the young chickens and keeping them warm.
Hoveringly Hov"er·ing·ly adverb In a hovering manner.
How How adverb
[ Middle English how
, Anglo-Saxon h...
, from the same root as hwā
, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to Old Saxon hwō
w, Dutch hoe
, confer German wie
how, Goth. hwē
how. √182. See Who
, and confer 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.
How a score of ewes now? Shak.
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.
Howadji How·adj"i noun [ Arabic ] 1. A traveler. 2. A merchant; -- so called in the East because merchants were formerly the chief travelers.
Howbeit How·be"it conj.
.] Be it as it may; nevertheless; notwithstanding; although; albeit; yet; but; however.
The Moor -- howbeit that I endure him not - Shak.
Is of a constant, loving, noble nature.
Howdah How"dah noun [ Arabic hawdaj .] A seat or pavilion, generally covered, fastened on the back of an elephant, for the rider or riders. [ Written also houdah .]
Howdy How"dy noun [ Scot., also houdy- wife. Of uncertain origin; confer OSw. jordgumma ; or perhaps from English how d'ye .] A midwife. [ Prov. Eng.]
Howel How"el noun A tool used by coopers for smoothing and chamfering rheir work, especially the inside of casks.
Howel How"el transitive verb To smooth; to plane; as, to howel a cask.
Howell How"ell noun The upper stage of a porcelian furnace.
However How·ev"er adverb
[ Sometimes contracted into howe'er
.] 1. In whetever manner, way, or degree.
However yet they me despise and spite. Spenser.
Howe'er the business goes, you have made fault. Shak. 2. At all events; at least; in any case.
Our chief end is to be freed from all, if it may be, however from the greatest evils. Tillotson.
However How·ev"er conj. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though; as, I shall not oppose your design; I can not, however , approve of it.
In your excuse your love does little say; Dryden. Syn.
You might howe'er have took a better way.
, At least
. These words, as here compared, have an adversative sense in reference to something referred to in the context. However
is the most general, and leads to a final conclusion or decision. Thus we say, the truth, however
, has not yet fully come out; i.e.
, such is the speaker's conclusion in view of the whole case. So also we say, however
, you may rely on my assistance to that amount; i. e.
, at all events, whatever may happen, this is my final decision. At least
is adversative in another way. It points out the utmost concession that can possibly be required, and still marks the adversative conclusion; as, at least
, this must be done; whatever may be our love of peace, we must at least
maintain the rights of conscience. Nevertheless
denotes that though the concession be fully made, it has no bearing of the question; as, nevertheless
, we must go forward. Yet
signifies that however extreme the supposition or fact comceded may be, the consequence which might naturally be expected does not and will not follow; as, though I should die with thee, yet
will I not deny thee; though he slay me, yet
will I trust in him. Confer But
Howitz How"itz noun A howitzer. [ Obsolete]
Howitzer How"itz·er noun [ German haubitze , formerly hauffnitz , Bohem. haufnice , orig., a sling.] (Mil.) (a) A gun so short that the projectile, which was hollow, could be put in its place by hand; a kind of mortar. [ Obsolete] (b) A short, light, largebore cannon, usually having a chamber of smaller diameter than the rest of the bore, and intended to throw large projectiles with comparatively small charges.
Howker How"ker noun (Nautical) Same as Hooker .
(houl) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Howled
; present participle & verbal noun Howling
.] [ Middle English houlen
; akin to Dutch huilen
, Middle High German hiulen
, Old High German hiuwilōn
to exult, h...wo
owl, Danish hyle
to howl.] 1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
And dogs in corners set them down to howl . Drayton.
Methought a legion of foul fiends Shak. 2. To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.
Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand. Is. xiii. 6. 3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
Wild howled the wind. Sir W. Scott. Howling monkey
. (Zoology) See Howler , 2.
-- Howling wilderness
, a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts. Deut. xxxii. 10.
Howl Howl transitive verb To utter with outcry. "Go . . . howl it out in deserts." Philips.
Howl Howl noun 1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound. 2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
Howler Howl"er noun 1. One who howls. 2. (Zoology) Any South American monkey of the genus Mycetes . Many species are known. They are arboreal in their habits, and are noted for the loud, discordant howling in which they indulge at night.
Howlet Howl"et noun [ Equiv. to owlet , influenced by howl : confer French hulotte , Old High German h...wela , hiuwela .] (Zoology) An owl; an owlet. [ Written also houlet .] R. Browning.
Howp Howp intransitive verb To cry out; to whoop. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Howso How"so adverb Howsoever. [ Obsolete]
Howsoever How`so·ev"er adj. & conj.
.] 1. In what manner soever; to whatever degree or extent; however.
I am glad he's come, howsoever he comes. Shak. 2. Although; though; however.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Howve Howve noun A hood. See Houve . [ Obsolete]
Hox Hox transitive verb [ See Hock . √12.] To hock; to hamstring. See Hock . [ Obsolete] Shak.
Hoy Hoy noun
[ Dutch heu
, or Flem. hui
.] (Nautical) A small coaster vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used in conveying passengers and goods from place to place, or as a tender to larger vessels in port.
The hoy went to London every week. Cowper.
Hoy Hoy interj. [ Dutch hui . Confer Ahoy .] Ho! Halloe! Stop!
Hoyden Hoy"den noun Same as Hoiden .
Hoyman Hoy"man noun
; plural Hoymen One who navigates a hoy.
A common hoyman to carry goods by water for hire. Hobart.
Hsien Hsien noun [ Chin.] An administrative subdivision of a fu, or department, or of an independent chow; also, the seat of government of such a district.
Huanaco Hua·na"co noun (Zoology) See Guanaco .
Huaracho Hua·ra"cho noun
; plural Huarachos
. [ Amer. Spanish , also guaracha
, probably of Mexican origin.] A kind of sandal worn by Indians and the lower classes generally; -- usually used in plural
[ Southern U. S. & Mex.]
Hub Hub noun [ See 1st Hob .] 1. The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave. See Illust. of Axle box . 2. The hilt of a weapon. Halliwell. 3. A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction; as, a hub in the road. [ U.S.] See Hubby . 4. A goal or mark at which quoits, etc., are cast. 5. (Diesinking) A hardened, engraved steel punch for impressing a device upon a die, used in coining, etc. 6. A screw hob. See Hob , 3. 7. A block for scotching a wheel. Hub plank (Highway Bridges) , a horizontal guard plank along a truss at the height of a wagon-wheel hub. -- Up to the hub , as far as possible in embarrassment or difficulty, or in business, like a wheel sunk in mire; deeply involved. [ Colloq.]
Hubble-bubble Hub"ble-bub`ble noun A tobacco pipe, so arranged that the smoke passes through water, making a bubbling noise, whence its name. In India, the bulb containing the water is often a cocoanut shell.
Hubbub Hub"bub noun
[ Confer Whoobub
, intransitive verb
] A loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar. Milton.
This hubbub of unmeaning words. Macaulay.
Hubby Hub"by adjective Full of hubs or protuberances; as, a road that has been frozen while muddy is hubby . [ U.S.]
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