Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Hover-hawk noun (Zoology) The kestrel.
Hoverer noun A device in an incubator for protecting the young chickens and keeping them warm.
Hoveringly adverb In a hovering manner.
[ 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 noun [ Arabic ]
1. A traveler. 2. A merchant; -- so called in the East because merchants were formerly the chief travelers.
.] 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 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 noun [ Scot., also houdy- wife. Of uncertain origin; confer OSw. jordgumma ; or perhaps from English how d'ye .] A midwife. [ Prov. Eng.]
Howel noun A tool used by coopers for smoothing and chamfering rheir work, especially the inside of casks.
Howel transitive verb To smooth; to plane; as, to howel a cask.
Howell noun The upper stage of a porcelian furnace.
[ 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 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 noun A howitzer. [ Obsolete]
Howitzer 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 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 transitive verb To utter with outcry. "Go . . . howl it out in deserts." Philips.
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.
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 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 intransitive verb To cry out; to whoop. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Howso adverb Howsoever. [ Obsolete]
Howsoever 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 noun A hood. See Houve .
Hox transitive verb
[ See Hock
. √12.] To hock; to hamstring. See Hock .
[ Obsolete] Shak.
[ 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.
[ Dutch hui
. Confer Ahoy
.] Ho! Halloe! Stop!
; plural Hoymen One who navigates a hoy.
A common hoyman to carry goods by water for hire. Hobart.
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 noun (Zoology) See Guanaco .
; 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.]
[ 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.
Hubble-bubble 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.
[ Confer Whoobub
, intransitive verb
] A loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar. Milton.
This hubbub of unmeaning words. Macaulay.
Hubby adjective Full of hubs or protuberances; as, a road that has been frozen while muddy is hubby . [ U.S.]
Huch Hu"chen noun [ G.] (Zoology) A large salmon ( Salmo, or Salvelinus, hucho ) inhabiting the Danube; -- called also huso , and bull trout .
Huck intransitive verb
[ See Hawk
to offer for sale, Huckster
.] To higgle in trading.
[ Obsolete] Holland.
[ Perh. orig., peddler's wares; confer LG. hukkebak
pickback. Confer Huckster
.] A kind of linen cloth with raised figures, used for towelings.
[ Perh. dim. of Prov. English huck
a hook, and so named from its round shape. See Hook
.] 1. The hip; the haunch. 2. A bunch or part projecting like the hip. Huckle bone
. (a) The hip bone; the innominate bone. (b) A small bone of the ankle; astragalus.
[ R.] Udall.
Huckle-backed adjective Round- shoulded.
[ Confer Whortleberry
.] (Botany) (a) The edible black or dark blue fruit of several species of the American genus Gaylussacia , shrubs nearly related to the blueberries ( Vaccinium ), and formerly confused with them. The commonest huckelberry comes from G. resinosa . (b) The shrub that bears the berries. Called also whortleberry. Squaw huckleberry
. See Deeberry .
[ Middle English hukstere
, OD. heukster
, Dutch heuker
; akin to Dutch huiken
to stoop, bend, OD. huycken
, German hocken
, to squat, Icelandic h...ka
; -- the peddler being named from his stooping under the load on his back. Confer Hawk
to offer for sale.] 1. A retailer of small articles, of provisions, and the like; a peddler; a hawker. Swift. 2. A mean, trickish fellow. Bp. Hall.
Huckster intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Huckstered
; present participle & verbal noun Huckstering
.] To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains. Swift.
Hucksterage noun The business of a huckster; small dealing; peddling.
Ignoble huckster age of piddling tithes. Milton.
Hucksterer noun A huckster. Gladstone.
Those huckster ers or money- jobbers. Swift.
Huckstress noun A female huckster.
[ Confer Hood
a covering.] A huck or hull, as of a nut.
[ Prov. Eng.] Wright.
Hübner noun [ After Hübner , who analyzed it.] (Min.) A mineral of brownish black color, occurring in columnar or foliated masses. It is native manganese tungstate.