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howe  (hou),USA pronunciation [Scot. and North Eng.]
  1. Scottish Termsa hole.
  2. Scottish Termsthe hold of a ship.
  3. Scottish Termsa hollow;

  1. Scottish Termshollow.
  2. Scottish Termsdeep.
Also,  how. 
  • 1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots), alteration of holl; see hollow

Howe  (hou),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalE(dgar) W(atson), 1853–1937, U.S. novelist and editor.
  2. BiographicalElias, 1819–67, U.S. inventor of the sewing machine.
  3. BiographicalGordon (Gordie), born 1928, Canadian ice-hockey player.
  4. BiographicalIrving, 1920–93, U.S. social historian and literary critic.
  5. BiographicalJulia Ward, 1819–1910, U.S. writer and reformer: author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic (wife of Samuel Gridley Howe).
  6. BiographicalRichard (Earl Howe) ("Black Dick''), 1726–99, British admiral (brother of William Howe).
  7. Samuel Grid•ley  (gridlē),USA pronunciation 1801–76, U.S. surgeon and humanitarian.
  8. BiographicalWilliam, 5th Viscount, 1729–1814, British general in the American Revolutionary War.

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Howe /haʊ/ n
  1. Elias. 1819–67, US inventor of the sewing machine (1846)
  2. Gordon, known as Gordie. born 1928, US ice-hockey player, who scored a record 1071 goals in a professional career lasting 32 years.
  3. Howe of Aberavon, Baron, title of (Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe. born 1926, British Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979–83); foreign secretary (1983–89); deputy prime minister (1989–90)
  4. Richard, 4th Viscount Howe. 1726–99, British admiral: served (1776–78) in the War of American Independence and commanded the Channel fleet against France, winning the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794)
  5. his brother, William, 5th Viscount Howe. 1729–1814, British general; commander in chief (1776–78) of British forces in the War of American Independence

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