a greeting, used in representations of indigenous United states address
A. interrogative. In what way? in what manner?
By what means?—as, how did he do it? how did you come?
To what level or extent? in what proportion or quantity? in what measure or amount?—qualifying an adverb or adjective of degree or quantity: since, how large ended up being it? what lengths did you go? just how many passes do you get?
In this use frequently exclamatory in form and affirmative in meaning.
These types of phrases also take-in modern-day speech the affirmative form: since, exactly how much much better you want to! exactly how small you have got altered! just how stupid he is!
In what state, problem, or plight?
So colloquially, in mention of one's wellness or affairs: as, how do you do? exactly how are you? exactly how's your household? he asked the manner in which you all were; exactly how is business?
At exactly what cost?—as, how can you sell your potatoes? how is grain going now?
why ? the reason why?
from what effect? what? — with regard to something stated or inquired about, as whenever one requires an opinion or a repetition of a thing stated rather than recognized: equivalent to the simple what?—as, just how say you, men associated with jury? Exactly how used alone, in the place of what, is mainly colloquial.
With this usage of how is linked its interjectional usage, marking shock, or becoming only greeting or telephone call.
In this usage frequently with now: because, exactly how now! what exactly are you doing?
B. general. In what way; in excatly what way; how or manner in which …: exposing a member of family term and doing work of a conjunctional adverb.
with what means; the means in which.
as to the degree or extent; with what proportion or amount; in what measure or amount: qualifying an adverb or adjective: as, i actually do perhaps not know how big it's; I asked him how long he'd traveled.
with what state, condition, or plight.
At just what cost: as, he inquired how the shares had been attempting to sell.
For what reason; the reason why.
That: with reference to the way, also to the result: in objective clauses, after state, inform, relate, report, etc.
particularly in combination: How that, that.
As just how, that.
Hollow; deep or low.
A syllable of salutation among various tribes of United states Indians.