How can a man be born when he is old?John iii. 4.
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.
How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?Shak.
How, and with what reproach, shall I return?Dryden.
How art thou called?Shak.
How a score of ewes now?Shak.
☞ 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.
Let me beg you -- don't say "How?" for "What?"Holmes.