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/hows"traynd'/, adj. Brit. housebroken. [1920-25] * * *
house arrest n. Confinement to one's quarters, rather than prison, by administrative or judicial order: a prisoner under house arrest. * * *
—houseboater, n. /hows"boht'/, n. 1. a flat-bottomed, bargelike boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water. v.i. 2. to travel or live on a ...
➡ canals * * *
Housebook, Master of the
▪ German painter and engraver also called  Master of the Hausbuch  or  Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet , German  Hausbuchmeister  or  Meister des Hausbuchs  flourished ...
/hows"bownd'/, adj. restricted to the house, as by bad weather or illness. [1875-80; HOUSE + -BOUND1] * * *
/hows"boy'/, n. houseman (def. 1). [1895-1900; HOUSE + BOY] * * *
house brand n. 1. A proprietary brand of merchandise sold by one retailer and often bearing the name of the retailer. 2. An item of merchandise sold under a house brand, usually ...
/hows"brayk'/, v.t., housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking. to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place. [1895-1900; HOUSE + BREAK] * * *
—housebreaking, n. /hows"bray'keuhr/, n. 1. a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent. 2. Brit. a. a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses ...
housebreaking [hous′brāk΄iŋ] n. the act of breaking and entering into another's house to commit theft or some other felony: it is itself a felony housebreaker n. * * ...
house·broke (housʹbrōk') v. Past tense of housebreak. * * *
/hows"broh'keuhn/, adj. (of a pet) trained to avoid excreting inside the house or in improper places. [1895-1900; HOUSE + BROKEN] * * *
house call n. A professional visit made to a home, especially by a physician. * * *
/hows"kahrl'/, n. a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble. [bef. 1050; ME; late OE huscarl < Dan huskarl. See HOUSE, CARL] * * ...
house·cat (housʹkăt') n. A domestic cat kept as an indoor pet. * * *
—housecleaner, n. /hows"kleen'/, v.t. 1. to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning. v.i. 2. to engage in housecleaning. [1860-65; back formation from HOUSECLEANING] * * ...
See houseclean. * * *
/hows"klee'ning/, n. 1. the act of cleaning a house, room, etc., and its furnishings, esp. the act of cleaning thoroughly and completely. 2. the act of improving or reforming by ...
/hows"koht'/, n. a woman's robe or dresslike garment in various lengths, for casual wear about the house. [1915-20; HOUSE + COAT] * * *
house cricket n. A common, widely distributed cricket (Acheta domesticus) that often enters human dwellings in cold weather. * * *
housed string
/howzd/, Carpentry. a string of a stair (housed stair) receiving the ends of the risers or treads in a series of housings. * * *
house detective n. A detective employed by a retail store, hotel, or other establishment to prevent theft or misconduct by patrons. * * *
/hows"dres'/, n. a relatively simple and inexpensive dress suitable for housework. [1895-1900, Amer.; HOUSE + DRESS] * * *
/hows"fah'dheuhr/, n. a man responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc. [1545-55; HOUSE + FATHER; cf. L paterfamilias] * * *
house finch n. See linnet. * * *
/hows"fluy'/, n., pl. houseflies. a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world. Also, house fly. [1400-50; ...
/hows"fool/, n., pl. housefuls. 1. as many as a house will accommodate: a houseful of weekend guests. 2. as much as a house will hold: He had several housefuls of ...
/hows"gest'/, n. a person staying with a household as a guest for one night or longer. [1920-25; HOUSE + GUEST] * * *
/hows"hohld', -ohld'/, n. 1. the people of a house collectively; a family including its servants. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a household: household furniture. 3. for use in ...
household ammonia
diluted ammonia, often having a small quantity of detergent, used in the home for cleaning. * * *
household art
any of the skills necessary to the efficient running of a household, as cooking or keeping a family budget. [1920-25] * * *
household arts
☆ household arts n. HOME ECONOMICS * * *
household cavalry
(in Britain) cavalry units forming part of the ceremonial guard of the monarch. * * *
Household Division
(also the Household Troops) the soldiers of the Household Cavalry of the British army. With some of the men of the Guards Division, they carry out special duties for the king or ...
household effects
privately owned goods consisting chiefly of furniture, appliances, etc., for keeping house. Also called household goods. Cf. personal effects. [1890-95] * * *
household god
a god presiding over and protecting the home, esp. in the religion of ancient Rome. Cf. lares and penates. [1605-15] * * *
household knight
bachelor (def. 5). * * *
household troops
troops guarding or attending a sovereign or a sovereign's residence. [1705-15] * * *
household word
a familiar name, phrase, saying, etc.; byword: The advertising campaign is designed to make this new product a household word. [1590-1600] * * *
Household, Geoffrey
▪ British author in full  Geoffrey Edward West Household  born November 30, 1900, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England died October 4, 1988, Banbury, ...
household arts pl.n. 1. The crafts practiced in households, especially in earlier times. 2. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)The study of such crafts. * * *
—householdership, n. /hows"hohl'deuhr, -ohl'-/, n. 1. a person who holds title to or occupies a house. 2. the head of a family. [1350-1400; ME housholdere. See HOUSE, HOLDER] * ...
household troops pl.n. The regiments of cavalry and infantry that escort and guard a sovereign and a royal family. * * *
household word n. A widely known saying, name, person, or thing: “It was an American journalist... who made [T.E.] Lawrence a household word” (H.D.S. Greenway). * * *
/hows"huz'beuhnd/, n. a man who is married to a working wife and who stays home to manage their household. [1965-70; HOUSE(WIFE) + HUSBAND] * * *
/hows"keep'/, v.i., housekept, housekeeping. to keep or maintain a house. [1835-45; back formation from HOUSEKEEPING] * * *
—housekeeperlike, adj. /hows"kee'peuhr/, n. 1. a person, often hired, who does or directs the domestic work and planning necessary for a home, as cleaning or buying food. 2. an ...
/hows"kee'ping/, n. 1. the maintenance of a house or domestic establishment. 2. the management of household affairs. 3. the management, care, and servicing of property and ...
/how"zeuhl/, n., v., houseled, houseling or (esp. Brit.) houselled, houselling. Archaic. n. 1. the Eucharist. 2. the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist. v.t. 3. to ...
/hows"leuhn deuhr/, n. Caryll /kar"euhl/, 1901-54, English writer on Roman Catholicism. * * *
/hows"leek'/, n. 1. Also called old-man-and-old-woman. a succulent plant, Sempervivum tectorum, of the stonecrop family, native to Europe, having reddish flowers and leaves ...
—houselessness, n. /hows"lis/, adj. 1. without a house or houses. 2. homeless. [1350-1400; ME housles. See HOUSE, -LESS] * * *
/hows"luyts'/, n.pl. the lamps providing illumination of the auditorium or seating area of a theater. [1915-20; HOUSE + LIGHT1 + -S3] * * *
/hows"luyn'/, n. Naut. light cordage used for seizing. [1760-70; HOUSE + LINE1] * * *
/hows"mayd'/, n. a female servant employed in general domestic work in a home, esp. to do housework. [1685-95; HOUSE + MAID] * * *
housemaid's knee
Pathol. inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap. [1825-35] * * *
house·maid's knee (housʹmādz') n. A swelling of the bursa in front of the patella just beneath the skin, caused by trauma, such as that brought about by excessive kneeling. * ...
/hows"man', -meuhn/, n., pl. housemen /-men', -meuhn/. 1. a male servant who performs general duties in a home, hotel, etc. 2. a man employed to maintain order, as in a bar or ...
Houseman, John
orig. Jacques Haussmann born Sept. 22, 1902, Bucharest, Rom. died Oct. 31, 1988, Malibu, Calif., U.S. Romanian-born U.S. producer and actor. Educated in England, in 1924 he ...
house martin n. An Old World bird (Delichon urbica) having blue-black plumage, white rump and underparts, and a forked tail. Also called martlet. * * *
—housemastership, n. /hows"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. a man who is in charge of a house or a dormitory in a private school for boys. [1875-80; HOUSE + MASTER] * * *
/hows"mayt'/, n. 1. a person with whom one shares a house or other residence. 2. a sexual partner with whom one shares a house or other living quarters without being ...
➡ student life * * *
—housemotherly, adj. /hows"mudh'euhr/, n. a woman in charge of a residence, esp. for children, students, or young women, who acts as hostess, chaperon, and occasionally as ...
house mouse n. A common gray or brownish-gray mouse (Mus musculus) that lives in or near buildings and often carries disease. It is frequently used in laboratory experiments. * * ...
house music n. A style of disco music with a heavy bass beat, initially popularized in underground all-night parties held in abandoned warehouses.   [After (The Ware)house, ...
Houseof Burgesses
House of Burgesses n. The lower house of the legislature in colonial Virginia. * * *
houseof cards
house of cards n. pl. houses of cards A flimsy structure, arrangement, or situation that is in danger of collapsing or failing: “The collapse of the rupiah... has brought down ...
Houseof Commons
House of Commons n. Abbr. HC The lower house of Parliament in the United Kingdom and Canada. * * *
houseof correction
house of correction n. pl. houses of correction An institution for the confinement of persons convicted of minor criminal offenses. * * *
Houseof Delegates
House of Delegates n. The lower house of the state legislature in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. * * *
Houseof Lords
House of Lords n. Abbr. HL The upper house of Parliament in the United Kingdom, made up of members of the nobility and high-ranking clergy. * * *
houseof prostitution
house of prostitution n. pl. houses of prostitution An establishment in which the services of prostitutes are available on the premises. * * *
Houseof Representatives
House of Representatives n. Abbr. HR The lower house of the U.S. Congress and of most state legislatures. * * *
house organ n. A periodical published by a business organization for its employees or clients. * * *
house·paint·er or house painter (housʹpān'tər) n. One whose occupation is painting houses. * * *
/hows"pair'euhnt, -par'-/, n. 1. one of a married couple responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc., sometimes acting solely as an ...
house party n. 1. A party at which guests stay overnight or for several days in a residence, such as the home of the one giving the party. 2. The guests at such a party. * * *
/hows"perr'seuhn/, n. someone who manages a household; househusband or housewife. [1970-75; HOUSE(WIFE) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
/hows"fohn'/, n. a telephone, used for making calls within a hotel or apartment house, that does not have a direct line to an exchange and whose calls are routed through the ...
house physician n. 1. A physician, especially an intern or resident who cares for hospitalized patients under the supervision of the surgical and medical staff of a hospital. 2. ...
/hows"plant', -plahnt'/, n. an ornamental plant that is grown indoors or adapts well to indoor culture. [1870-75; HOUSE + PLANT] * * * Plant adapted for growing indoors, ...
Houser, Allan C.
▪ 1995       U.S. sculptor and painter (b. June 30, 1914, Apache, Okla.—d. Aug. 22, 1994, Santa Fe, N.M.), was a Chiricahua Apache who played a pivotal role in the ...
/hows"roohm', -room'/, n. lodging or accommodation in a house. [1580-90; HOUSE + ROOM] * * *
➡ Congress * * *
Houses of Parliament
1. the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 2. the group of buildings beside the River Thames in central London where these two assemblies meet. It is also known as the ...
house seat n. A seat in a theater that is reserved for a particular guest, as by management or a member of the production. * * *
—house sitter. —house-sitter, n. /hows"sit'/, v.i., housesat, housesitting. to take care of a house or residence while the owner or occupant is temporarily away, esp. by ...
house sitter n. A person who lives in and cares for a house while the regular occupant is away. * * *
See housesit. * * *
house snake n. See milk snake. * * *
house sparrow n. A small bird (Passer domesticus) native to the Old World but widely naturalized elsewhere, having brown and gray plumage with a black throat in the adult male. ...
/hows"top'/, n. 1. the top or roof of a house. 2. from the housetops, publicly; generally: The day I got my promotion I wanted to shout it from the housetops. [1520-30; HOUSE + ...
house trailer n. A mobile home. * * *
house·train also house-train (housʹtrān') tr.v. Chiefly British house·trained, house·train·ing, house·trains To housebreak.   houseʹtrained' adj. * * *
See housetrain. * * *
/hows"wairz'/, n.pl. articles of household equipment, as kitchen utensils, or glassware. [1920-25; HOUSE + WARE1 + -S3] * * *
/hows"wawr'ming/, n. a party to celebrate a person's or family's move to a new home. [1570-80; HOUSE + WARMING] * * *
/hows"wuyf'/ or, usually, /huz"if/ for 2, n., pl. housewives /-wuyvz'/, v., housewifed, housewifing. n. 1. a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal ...
See housewifely. * * *
—housewifeliness, n. /hows"wuyf'lee/, adj. of, like, or befitting a housewife. [1300-50; ME. See HOUSEWIFE, -LY] * * *
/hows"wuy'feuh ree, -wuyf'ree/, n. the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping. [1400-50; late ME huswyfery. See HOUSEWIFE, -ERY] * * *
/hows"werrk'/, n. the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping. [1570-80; HOUSE + WORK] * * *
/hows"werr'keuhr/, n. a paid employee in a home, as a maid or cook. [HOUSE + WORKER] * * *
/hows"rek'euhr/, n. wrecker (def. 4). [1895-1900; HOUSE + WRECKER] * * *
/how"see how"see/, n. Brit. Informal. house (def. 19). [see HOUSE, -Y2] * * *
housing1 /how"zing/, n. 1. any shelter, lodging, or dwelling place. 2. houses collectively. 3. the act of one who houses or puts under shelter. 4. the providing of houses for a ...
housing association
n (in Britain) a local organization that provides rented homes for poorer families, and especially for old, disabled and single people. It also shares the ownership of houses ...
housing authorities
➡ housing association * * *
housing benefit
n [U] (in Britain) money given by the government to people who have a low income, to help them pay their rent. * * *
Housing Corporation
a British government organization that provides money for English housing associations. There are equivalent organizations in Scotland and Wales. * * *
housing development
a group of houses or apartments, usually of the same size and design, often erected on a tract of land by one builder and controlled by one management. [1950-55] * * *
housing estate
Brit. See housing development. [1915-20] * * *
housing project
a publicly built and operated housing development, usually intended for low- or moderate-income tenants, senior citizens, etc. Also called project. [1935-40] * * *
housing start
1. an instance of beginning the construction of a dwelling. 2. housing starts, the nationwide number of such instances per period used esp. in the U.S. as an indication of ...
housing development n. A group of similarly designed houses or apartment buildings, usually under a single management. * * *
housing project n. A publicly funded and administered housing development, usually for low-income families. * * *
housing start n. 1. The beginning of construction of a dwelling. 2. housing starts The number of new dwellings begun nationwide during a particular period, used as an economic ...
/hows"meuhn/, n. A(lfred) E(dward), 1859-1936, English poet and classical scholar. * * *
Housman, A(lfred) E(dward)
Hous·man (housʹmən), A(lfred) E(dward). 1859-1936. British poet and scholar whose works appeared in A Shropshire Lad (1896) and Last Poems (1922). * * * born March 26, 1859, ...
Housman, A.E.
▪ English scholar and poet in full  Alfred Edward Housman  born March 26, 1859, Fockbury, Worcestershire, Eng. died April 30, 1936, Cambridge  English scholar and ...
Housman, Laurence
▪ English artist and writer born July 18, 1865, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Eng. died Feb. 20, 1959, Glastonbury, Somerset  English artist and writer who reached his widest ...
/ooh suy"/, n. Bernardo Alberto /berdd nahrdd"dhaw ahl verdd"taw/, 1887-1971, Argentine physiologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1947. * * *
Houssay, Bernardo Alberto
▪ Argentine physiologist born April 10, 1887, Buenos Aires, Arg. died Sept. 21, 1971, Buenos Aires       Argentine physiologist and corecipient, with Carl and Gerty ...
/hyooh"steuhn/, n. 1. Sam(uel), 1793-1863, U.S. soldier and political leader: president of the Republic of Texas 1836-38 and 1841-44. 2. a city in SE Texas: a port on a ship ...
Houston Ship Channel
▪ waterway, United States  waterway that connects Houston, Texas, with the Gulf of Mexico, passing through the former Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay. The channel, which was ...
Houston, Charles H(amilton)
born Sept. 3, 1895, Washington, D.C., U.S. died April 22, 1950, Washington, D.C. U.S. lawyer and educator. He graduated from Amherst College and taught for two years at Howard ...
Houston, Charles Hamilton
▪ American lawyer and educator born September 3, 1895, Washington, D.C., U.S. died April 22, 1950, Washington, D.C.       American lawyer and educator instrumental in ...
Houston, Edwin James
▪ American engineer born July 9, 1847, Alexandria, Va., U.S. died March 1, 1914, Philadelphia       U.S. electrical engineer who influenced the development of ...
Houston, James Archibald
▪ 2006       Canadian artist, author, and filmmaker (b. June 12, 1921, Toronto, Ont.—d. April 17, 2005, New London, Conn.), lived for 14 years (1948–62) among the ...
Houston, Lawrence Reid
▪ 1996       U.S. lawyer and intelligence officer who served as CIA general counsel, 1947-73, and was known as one of the founding fathers of that agency (b. Jan. 4, ...
Houston, Sam
▪ American lawyer and politician byname of  Samuel Houston  born March 2, 1793, Rockbridge County, Va., U.S. died July 26, 1863, Huntsville, Texas  U.S. lawyer and ...
Houston, Sam(uel)
born March 2, 1793, Rockbridge county, Va., U.S. died July 26, 1863, Huntsville, Texas U.S. politician. After the death of his father in 1807, Houston moved with his family to ...
Houston, University of
▪ university system, Texas, United States       state university system consisting of the main campus in Houston, Texas, U.S., the downtown campus in Houston, and ...
Houston, Whitney
▪ 1995       By 1994 velvety-voiced vocalist Whitney Houston had seen seven consecutive singles reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart and had accomplished more in a ...
Houston, Samuel. 1793-1863. Library of Congress American general and politician who fought in the Texan struggle for independence from Mexico and became president of the ...
/hooh stoh"nee euh/, n. any North American plant, belonging to the genus Houstonia, of the madder family, esp. H. caerulea, the common bluet. [1755-65; < NL, named after Dr. W. ...
/hyooh stoh"nee euhn/, n. a native or resident of Houston, Texas. [HOUSTON + -IAN] * * *
Hout, Jan van
▪ Dutch scholar born , Dec. 14, 1542, Leiden, Holland died Dec. 12, 1609, Leiden       Humanist, translator, historian, and poet, who was the first Dutch Renaissance ...
Houtman, Cornelis and Frederik de
▪ Dutch explorers Respectively,   born c. 1540, , Gouda, Neth. died Sept. 11, 1599, Atjeh, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies born 1571, Gouda, Neth. died Oct. 21, 1627, ...
/hooh in"euhm, hwin"euhm, win"-/, n. (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of horses endowed with reason, who rule the Yahoos, a race of degraded, brutish creatures ...
high-occupancy vehicle: a bus, van, or car with two or more passengers. [1990-95] * * *
HOV lane
a highway or street lane for high-occupancy vehicles, usually marked with large diamond shapes on the pavement. [1990-95] * * *
▪ Mongolia also spelled  Chovd,  also called  Jirgalanta, or Dzhirgalantu,  formerly  Khobdo, or Kobdo,         town, administrative headquarters of Hovd aymag ...
/hohv/, v. pt. and pp. of heave. * * * ▪ England, United Kingdom       town, unitary authority of Brighton and Hove, historic county of Sussex, England, on the ...
/huv"euhl, hov"-/, n., v., hoveled, hoveling or (esp. Brit.) hovelled, hovelling. n. 1. a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut. 2. any dirty, disorganized ...
/hoh"veuhn/, Vet. Pathol. adj. 1. affected with bloat. n. 2. bloat (def. 5). [1545-55; special use of ptp. of HEAVE] * * *
Hovenweep National Monument
National monument, southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, U.S. Established in 1923 and covering 785 acres (318 hectares), it consists of six groups of pre-Columbian Indian ...
—hoverer, n. —hoveringly, adv. /huv"euhr, hov"-/, v.i. 1. to hang fluttering or suspended in the air: The helicopter hovered over the building. 2. to keep lingering about; ...
hover fly
▪ insect also called  flower fly,  or  syrphid fly,         any member of a family that contains about 6,000 species of insects in the fly order, Diptera. Their ...
/huv"euhr kraft', -krahft', hov"-/, n., pl. hovercraft. Chiefly Brit. See ACV. Also, Hovercraft. [HOVER + CRAFT] * * *
See hover. * * *
hovering accent
Pros. indeterminacy as to which of two consecutive syllables in a line of verse bears the metrical stress, as in any of the first three feet of Slow, slow, / fresh fount, / keep ...
hovering act
Internat. Law. 1. an act forbidding or restricting the loitering of foreign or domestic vessels within the prescribed limits of a coastal nation. 2. an act stipulating that ...
hovering vessel
a vessel in territorial waters apparently collaborating in illicit operations. * * *
See hoverer. * * *
/huv"euhr trayn', hov"-/, n. 1. an experimental high-speed British train that rides on a cushion of air and is propelled by a linear motor. 2. (l.c.) aerotrain. [1960-65; HOVER + ...
/huv"ee/, n. Richard, 1864-1900, U.S. poet. * * *
Hovey, Richard
▪ American writer born May 4, 1864, Normal, Ill., U.S. died Feb. 24, 1900, New York City       U.S. poet, translator, and dramatist.       After graduating from ...
Hoveyda, Amīr ʿAbbas
▪ prime minister of Iran Hoveyda also spelled  Hoveida   born Feb. 18, 1919, Tehrān died April 7, 1979, Tehrān       prime minister of Iran under Shah Mohammed ...
/hoh vah"nis/, n. Alan, born 1911, U.S. composer. * * *
Hovhaness, Alan
or Alan Hovaness orig. Alan Hovhaness Chakmakjian born March 8, 1911, Somerville, Mass., U.S. U.S. composer. He started to compose as a child. Studies at the New England ...
Hoving, Lucas
▪ 2001 Lucas Hovinga        Dutch-born modern dancer and choreographer (b. Sept. 5, 1912, Groningen, Neth.—d. Jan. 5, 2000, San Francisco, Calif.), danced with the ...
a British make of brown bread. Each loaf has the word HOVIS along its side after baking: I bought a brown sliced Hovis. * * *
Hovland, Carl I.
▪ American psychologist in full  Carl Iver Hovland  born June 12, 1912, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. died April 16, 1961, Hamden, Connecticut       American psychologist ...
HOV lane (āch'ō-vēʹ) n. An expressway lane restricted to vehicles with at least a set minimum of occupants, usually two. * * *
Hövsgöl Lake
▪ lake, Mongolia Hövsgöl also spelled  Chövsgöl , Mongolian  Hövsgöl Nuur , or  Chövsgöl Nuur , also called  Hübsügül Dalay,  Khubsugul Dalai , or  Ozero ...
how1 /how/, adv. 1. in what way or manner; by what means?: How did the accident happen? 2. to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car? 3. in what state or condition?: ...
how do
Dial. how do you do. [1885-90] * * *
how do you do
(used as a conventional greeting). * * *
How do you do?
How do you do? how is your health?: a conventionalized expression used in greeting a person or upon being introduced * * *
How Many Somali States?
▪ 2002  For the past decade there has been one island of relative stability in the sea of clan warfare and political uncertainty that is the Horn of Africa. On May 18, 2001, ...
how's [houz] contraction 1. how is 2. how has 3. how does * * *
/how"deuh yeuh dooh"/, n., pl. how-do-you-dos. Informal. 1. a greeting; salutation: She smiled and gave him a how-do-you-do fit for a king. 2. an awkward or unpleasant event or ...
—how-toer, n. /how"tooh"/, adj., n., pl. how-tos. adj. 1. giving or pertaining to basic instructions and directions to the layperson on the methods for doing or making ...
/how"euhrd/, n. 1. Catherine, c1520-42, fifth wife of Henry VIII. 2. Sir Ebenezer, 1850-1928, English town planner. 3. Henry. See Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of. 4. John Winston, ...
Howard family
Famous English family, founded by William Howard, a lawyer in the county of Norfolk who was summoned to Parliament in 1295. The head of the Howard family, the duke of Norfolk, ...
Howard Hawks
➡ Hawks * * *
Howard Hughes
➡ Hughes (I) * * *
Howard Johnson’s
any of a group of US restaurants and hotels. The restaurants became famous for their bright orange roofs and their 28 types of ice cream. The first of these was opened by Howard ...
Howard League for Penal Reform
a British organization that since 1866 has worked to improve conditions in prisons, and to help people who are in prison or leaving it. It is named after John Howard (1726–90), ...
Howard University
a university in Washington, DC, which was established in 1867 for freed slaves as well as white people, although few of the latter came. It is named after General Oliver O ...
Howard, Bronson
▪ American writer in full  Bronson Crocker Howard   born Oct. 7, 1842, Detroit, Mich., U.S. died Aug. 4, 1908, Avon, N.J.       American journalist, author of ...
Howard, Edward
▪ American manufacturer born Oct. 6, 1813, Hingham, Mass., U.S. died March 5, 1904, Roxbury, Mass.       pioneer American watch manufacturer.       Howard was ...
Howard, Elizabeth Jane
▪ British author born March 26, 1923, London, Eng.       British writer of novels and shorter fiction who is praised for her deft characterizations of alienated people ...
Howard, Harlan Perry
▪ 2003       American country songwriter (b. Sept. 8, 1927/29, Lexington, Ky.—d. March 3, 2002, Nashville, Tenn.), wrote more than 4,000 songs during his ...
Howard, Jean
▪ 2001 Ernestine Hill        American actress and celebrity photographer (b. Oct. 13, 1910, Longview, Texas—d. March 20, 2000, Beverly Hills, Calif.), was an actress ...
Howard, John
▪ British philanthropist and social reformer born Sept. 2, 1726, Hackney, London, Eng.? died Jan. 20, 1790, Kherson, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now in Ukraine]  English ...
Howard, John Winston
born July 26, 1939, Sydney, N.S.W., Austl. Prime minister of Australia (from 1996) and leader of the Liberal Party. Howard became a solicitor to the New South Wales Supreme ...
Howard, Leland Ossian
▪ American entomologist born June 11, 1857, Rockford, Ill., U.S. died May 1, 1950, Bronxville, N.Y.       American entomologist noted for his experiments in the ...
Howard, Leslie
orig. Leslie Howard Steiner born April 3, 1893, London, Eng. died June 1, 1943, at sea British actor. He became a popular stage actor in London and later on Broadway, where he ...
Howard, Michael
▪ 2005       In 2004 Michael Howard, leader of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party (CP) since November 2003, had an immense task on his hands. The Tories had ...
Howard, Oliver O(tis)
born Nov. 8, 1830, Leeds, Maine, U.S. died Oct. 26, 1909, Burlington, Vt. U.S. Army officer. He graduated from West Point and served in the American Civil War as a major ...
Howard, Oliver O.
▪ United States military officer in full  Oliver Otis Howard   born Nov. 8, 1830, Leeds, Maine, U.S. died Oct. 26, 1909, Burlington, Vt.  U.S. Union officer in the ...
Howard, Richard
▪ American author born Oct. 13, 1929, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.       American poet, critic, and translator who was influential in introducing modern French poetry and ...
Howard, Robin
▪ British dance patron in full  Robin Jared Stanley Howard   born May 17, 1924, London, Eng. died June 12, 1989, London       British balletomane and dance company ...
Howard, Ron
(b. March 1, 1954, Duncan, Okla., U.S.) U.S. actor and director. He became a child star of television and films, appearing in The Music Man (1962) and on television's Andy ...
Howard, Roy W.
▪ American journalist in full  Roy Wilson Howard   born , Jan. 1, 1883, Gano, Ohio, U.S. died Nov. 20, 1964, New York, N.Y.       American journalist and editor who ...
Howard, Sidney
▪ American writer in full  Sidney Coe Howard   born June 26, 1891, Oakland, Calif., U.S. died Aug. 23, 1939, Tyringham, Mass.       American playwright who helped to ...
Howard, Sir Ebenezer
▪ British urban planner born Jan. 29, 1850, London, Eng. died May 1, 1928, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire       founder of the English garden-city movement, which ...
Howard, Sir Robert
▪ English dramatist born 1626, England died Sept. 3, 1698  English dramatist, remembered chiefly for his dispute with John Dryden (Dryden, John) on the use of rhymed verse in ...
Howard, Trevor
▪ British actor born Sept. 29, 1916, Cliftonville, Kent, Eng. died Jan. 7, 1988, Bushey, Hertfordshire       British actor who was best known for his portrayal of a ...
Howard, Catherine. 1520?-1542. Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII (1540-1542). She was accused of adultery and subsequently executed. * * *
Howard, Henry. First Earl of Surrey. 1517?-1547. English poet and soldier remembered for his sonnets and his translations of two books of Virgil's Aeneid. In 1547 he was falsely ...
Howards End
a novel (1910) by E M Forster. It describes the relationships between two very different middle-class families in Edwardian England. Howards End is the name of the house in which ...
Howarth, Hedley John
▪ 2009       New Zealand cricketer born Dec. 25, 1943, Auckland, N.Z. died Nov. 7, 2008, Auckland was the foremost left-arm slow bowler for New Zealand in the 1970s. ...
/how bee"it/, adv. 1. Archaic. nevertheless. conj. 2. Obs. although. [1350-1400; ME how be it however it may be; parallel to ALBEIT] * * *
/how"deuh/, n. (in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant. Also, houdah. [1765-75; < ...
/how"dee, ow"-; hoh"dee, oh"dee/, n. Scot. and North Eng. Slang. a midwife. Also, howdy. [orig. uncert.] * * *
howdy1 /how"dee/, n., pl. howdies, interj. Informal. hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting). [1820-30; from the phrase how do ye?] howdy2 /how"dee/, n., pl. ...
/how/, Scot. and North Eng. n. 1. a hole. 2. the hold of a ship. 3. a hollow; dell. adj. 4. hollow. 5. deep. Also, how. [1325-75; ME (north and Scots), alter. of holl; see ...
/how/, n. 1. E(dgar) W(atson), 1853-1937, U.S. novelist and editor. 2. Elias, 1819-67, U.S. inventor of the sewing machine. 3. Gordon (Gordie), born 1928, Canadian ice-hockey ...
Howe Caverns
Cavern system, east-central New York, U.S. Located west of Albany and named for Lester Howe, who discovered them in 1842, the limestone caves have grotesque rock formations and ...
/how air"/, adv., conj. however. * * *
Howe, Cape
▪ region, Australia       southeastern point of mainland Australia, at the Victoria–New South Wales border, 300 miles (560 km) southwest of Sydney. It is the southern ...
Howe, E.W.
▪ American writer in full  Edgar Watson Howe   born May 3, 1853, Treaty, Ind., U.S. died Oct. 3, 1937, Atchison, Kan.       American editor, novelist, and essayist ...
Howe, Elias
born July 9, 1819, Spencer, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 3, 1867, Brooklyn, N.Y. U.S. inventor. A nephew of William Howe, he began work as a mechanic. In 1846 he was granted a patent ...
Howe, Gordie
in full Gordon Howe born March 31, 1928, Floral, Sask., Can. Canadian-born U.S. ice-hockey player, regarded as one of the greatest of all time. In 26 seasons (1945–71) in ...
Howe, Irving
▪ 1994       U.S. literary and social critic (b. June 11, 1920, New York, N.Y.—d. May 5, 1993, New York), as a founder (1953) and editor of Dissent, an influential ...
Howe, James Wong
orig. Wong Tung Jim born Aug. 28, 1899, Canton, China died July 12, 1976, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. U.S. cinematographer. At age five he emigrated with his family ...
Howe, Joseph
▪ Canadian statesman and publisher born Dec. 13, 1804, Halifax, Nova Scotia died June 1, 1873, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Can.       Canadian statesman and newspaper ...
Howe, Julia Ward
orig. Julia Ward born May 27, 1819, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 17, 1910, Newport, R.I. U.S. abolitionist and social reformer. Born to a well-to-do family, she was educated ...
Howe, Richard Howe, Earl
born March 8, 1726, London, Eng. died Aug. 5, 1799 English admiral who commanded the British fleet to victory in the Battle of the First of June (1794) in the French ...
Howe, Richard Howe, Earl, Baron Howe of Langar
▪ British admiral also called (1758–82) 4th Viscount Howe,  or (1782–88)   Viscount Howe of Langar   born March 8, 1726, London died Aug. 5, 1799       British ...
Howe, Samuel Gridley
▪ American educator born Nov. 10, 1801, Boston died Jan. 9, 1876, Boston  U.S. educator and first director of the Perkins School for the Blind; one of his notable successes ...
Howe, William
▪ American inventor born May 12, 1803, Spencer, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 19, 1852, Springfield, Mass.       U.S. inventor who pioneered in the development of truss ...
Howe, William Howe, 5th Viscount
born Aug. 10, 1729 died July 12, 1814, Plymouth, Devonshire, Eng. British military commander. The brother of Adm. Richard Howe, he fought in the last French and Indian War ...
Howe (hou), Elias. 1819-1867. American inventor and manufacturer who designed early sewing machines (1845 and 1846) and subsequently won patent-infringement suits against a ...
Howe, Gordon. Known as “Gordie.” Born 1928. Canadian hockey player. A right wing who played mainly for the Detroit Red Wings (1946-1971), he led the National Hockey League in ...
Howe, Irving. 1920-1993. American social critic and editor who founded the magazine Dissent (1953). * * *
Howe,Julia Ward
Howe, Julia Ward. 1819-1910. photographed in 1908 Library of Congress American writer and feminist who was active in the women's suffrage movement. She wrote “Battle Hymn of ...
Howe, Richard. Earl Howe. 1726-1799. British admiral who conducted naval operations in America (1776-1778) and defeated the French at Ushant (1794). * * *
Howe,Sir William
Howe, Sir William. Fifth Viscount Howe. 1729-1814. British general in America. Although he defeated George Washington in a number of battles, he could not force a surrender and ...
/how"euhl/, n. a channel cut along the inside edge of a barrel stave to receive the barrelhead. [1795-1805; perh. < Dan hövl < MLG hövel; c. G Hobel kind of plane] * * *
Howell, F(rancis) Clark
▪ 2008       American anthropologist born Nov. 27, 1925 , Kansas City, Mo. died March 10, 2007, Berkeley, Calif. utilized experts in several areas of study, including ...
Howell, James
▪ English writer born c. 1594, , probably in Abernant, Carmarthenshire, Wales died 1666, London  Anglo-Welsh writer known for his Epistolae Ho-Elianae, 4 vol. (1645–55), ...
/how"euhlz/, n. William Dean, 1837-1920, U.S. author, critic, and editor. * * *
Howells, William Dean
born March 1, 1837, Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S. died May 11, 1920, New York, N.Y. U.S. novelist and critic. He wrote a campaign biography of Abraham Lincoln (1860) and served as ...
Howells, William W.
▪ American anthropologist in full  William White Howells  born November 27, 1908, New York City, New York, U.S. died December 20, 2005, Kittery Point, ...
Howells, William White
▪ 2006       American anthropologist (b. Nov. 27, 1908, New York, N.Y.—d. Dec. 20, 2005, Kittery Point, Maine), was a physical anthropologist who specialized in the ...
Howells,William Dean
How·ells (houʹəlz), William Dean. 1837-1920. American writer and editor in chief (1871-1881) of the Atlantic Monthly, who encouraged a number of writers, including Mark Twain ...
(1921–92) an English comedian who was famous for his exaggerated way of telling jokes and appearing to be shocked when the audience thought he was being funny in a rude way. He ...
/how ev"euhr/, adv. 1. nevertheless; yet; on the other hand; in spite of that: We have not yet won; however, we shall keep trying. 2. to whatever extent or degree; no matter how: ...
/howf, owf; hohf, ohf/, Scot. n. 1. an abode; a familiar shelter or resort. v.i. 2. to reside. 3. to visit a familiar haunt. [1555-65; orig. uncert.] * * *
/how"it seuhr/, n. Ordn. a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used esp. for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a ...
/howl/, v.i. 1. to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf. 2. to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail. 3. to make a sound like an ...
Howland Island
/how"leuhnd/ an island in the central Pacific, near the equator: U.S. meteorological station and airfield. 1 sq. mi. (2.6 sq. km). * * * Howland Island Introduction ...
/how"leuhr/, n. 1. a person, animal, or thing that howls. 2. Also called howler monkey. any large, prehensile-tailed tropical American monkey of the genus Alouatta, the males of ...
howler monkey
howler monkey n. any of a genus (Alouatta, family Cebidae) of large New World monkeys with a loud, howling cry and a long, prehensile tail: occasionally called howling monkey * * ...
howler monkey n. Any of several monkeys of the genus Alouatta of tropical America, having a long prehensile tail and an extremely loud, howling call. * * *
/how"lit/, n. Brit. Dial. an owl or owlet. [1425-75; late ME; perh. < F hulotte wood-owl, perh. deriv. of MF huler to howl < Gmc; see HOWL] * * *
Howlin' Wolf
▪ American musician byname of  Chester Arthur Burnett  born June 20, 1910, West Point, Mississippi, U.S. died January 10, 1976, Hines, Illinois       American blues ...
Howl·in' Wolf (houʹlĭn), Pseudonym of Chester Arthur Burnett. 1910-1976. American singer and muscian who earned his nickname for the baying cries that characterized his style ...
—howlingly, adv. /how"ling/, adj. 1. producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob. 2. desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness. 3. Informal. very great; ...
howling dervishes
Rifa'iya. [1885-90] * * *
/how"rah/, n. a city in W Bengal, in E India, on the Hooghly River opposite Calcutta. 599,740. * * * ▪ India also called  Habara , or  Hāora        city, ...
/how'soh ev"euhr/, adv. 1. to whatsoever extent or degree. 2. in whatsoever manner. [1275-1325; ME; see HOW1, SO1, EVER] * * *
hox gene
/hoks/ any of a class of genes that determines the basic structure and orientation of an organism. [1993; Hox, contr. of Homeobox, the sequence of base pairs making up such a ...
/haw"jah/, n. Enver /en"veuhrdd/, 1908-85, Albanian political leader: premier 1944-54, First Secretary of the Central Committee 1954-1985. * * *
Hoxha, Enver
born Oct. 16, 1908, Gjirokastë r, Alb. died April 11, 1985, Tiranë Albanian leader, first Albanian communist chief of state (1944–85). A schoolteacher, he opposed the ...
Hoxie,Vinnie Ream
Hox·ie (hŏkʹsē), Vinnie Ream. 1847-1914. American sculptor known especially for her marble statue of Abraham Lincoln (unveiled 1871) in the rotunda of the Capitol in ...
an area in the East End of London. The area used to be quite poor but has now become fashionable and has many art galleries. * * *
hoy1 /hoy/, n. Naut. 1. a heavy barge used in harbors. 2. a vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually slooprigged, used for fishing and coastal trading. [1485-95; < MD ...
Hoy, Christopher
▪ 2009 born March 23, 1976, Edinburgh, Scot.  In winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, Chris Hoy became the most successful male Olympic cyclist of all time. ...

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