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however
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

3 meanings, 107 uses
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Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited at all.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (66% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former friend and companion.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (5% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I will tell you, however.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (46% in)
  • At the church door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and she to her own house.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (60% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (7% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, when our turn came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of the others, and he closed the door as we entered, so that he might have a private word with us.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (29% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • You will, however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (30% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, in the morning I determined to have a look at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for Pope's Court.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (38% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It is past ten, however, and quite time that we started.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (73% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Its disappearance, however, was but momentary.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (86% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • That, however, was out of the question.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (94% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It is possible, however, that I may have something better before very many minutes are over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (11% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Old as is the idea, however, there were one or two details which were new to me.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (52% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • There is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike you.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (63% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I shall write two letters, which should settle the matter.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I found Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin form curled up in the recesses of his armchair.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (69% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In this case, however, they have established a very serious case against the son of the murdered man.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (5% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It must be confessed, however, that the case looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very possible that he is indeed the culprit.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (15% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • There are several people in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in his interest.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (15% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I had not gone more than 150 yards, however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me to run back again.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (26% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The puny plot of the story was so thin, however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the day.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (46% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Good has come out of evil, however, for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious trouble and likely to be hanged, has thrown him over utterly and has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The drawn blinds and the smokeless chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight of this horror still lay heavy upon it.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (61% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Young McCarthy must be got off, however.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (86% in)
  • Three of our boys were killed, however, before we got the swag.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (90% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Some, however, have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of these papers to illustrate.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (1% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are points in connection with it which never have been, and probably never will be, entirely cleared up.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (2% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (9% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • There was one singular exception, however, for he had a single room, a lumber-room up among the attics, which was invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or anyone else to enter.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (21% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I could see a change in my uncle, however.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (29% in)
  • When these hot fits were over, however, he would rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror which lies at the roots of his soul.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (30% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The matter passed, however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and of some £14,000, which lay to his credit at the bank.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (33% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I went about, however, with a heart which was full of forebodings.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (41% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In that, however, I was in error.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (42% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in the house with me.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (49% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • To carry the art, however, to its highest pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (63% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It is not so impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have endeavoured in my case to do.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (64% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The night, however, was extremely dark and stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it was quite impossible to effect a rescue.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (85% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The alarm, however, was given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was eventually recovered.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (86% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as resolute as themselves, was upon their track.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (98% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I felt, however, that when Whitney was once confined in the cab my mission was practically accomplished; and for the rest, I could not wish anything better than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular adventures which were the normal condition of his existence.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (18% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (34% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (53% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It may, however, have been written on Monday and only posted to-day.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his data were insufficient.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (69% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (99% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • You fail, however, to reason from what you see.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (14% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he continued, disregarding my remonstrance.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (16% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • That, however, I shall determine by a very simple test if we have an answer to our advertisement.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (43% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which presented more singular features than that which was associated with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In the last century, however, four successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the days of the Regency.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (13% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In a fit of anger, however, caused by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital sentence.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (15% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's house.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (21% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • A month ago, however, a dear friend, whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask my hand in marriage.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (35% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I was too shaken to go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your advice.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (36% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • This incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (48% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the shoulder, and pointed over the meadows.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (52% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The lash, however, was curled upon itself and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (69% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I could, however, see that his face was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (88% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I can only claim the merit that I instantly reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not come either from the window or the door.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (95% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It was useless, however.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (10% in)
  • Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who wished to see me upon business.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I should like, however, to understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to do.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (33% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little deposit and that in this way we should earn the money which would enable us to buy the neighbouring fields.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (36% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our little house, it would soon rouse inquiry, and then, if the facts came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these fields and carrying out our plans.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (37% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (41% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I was in time for the last train to Eyford, and I reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (41% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • As I passed out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (42% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At last, however, the bumping of the road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, and the carriage came to a stand.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (45% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • When I passed outside, however, and pressed down the levers which controlled it, I knew at once by the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (63% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Suddenly, however, as I ran, a deadly dizziness and sickness came over me.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (77% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so dearly.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (97% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • As I have reason to believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of this remarkable episode.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (1% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It is just possible, however, that that also may not be wanting in this new investigation.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (5% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew that you had an inquiry on hand and that you disliked the intrusion of other matters.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (11% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (25% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The incident however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible bearing upon the case.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (39% in)
  • Since you ask me, however, I may say that it has occurred to me as possible that the excitement of this affair, the consciousness that she had made so immense a social stride, had the effect of causing some little nervous disturbance in my wife.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (49% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which serves me so well.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (53% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall call for it in person on Monday morning.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (17% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • When I was alone once more, however, with the precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility which it entailed upon me.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (17% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, it was too late to alter the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned once more to my work.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (18% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • She came with an excellent character, however, and has always given me satisfaction.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (20% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He followed me to my room, however, that night with a very grave face.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (28% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly respectable self.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (70% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Your news of this morning, however, may open his lips.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (79% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her secret.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (87% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Just beyond it, however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed that he had a wooden leg.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (88% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • On entering the house, however, I examined, as you remember, the sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could at once see that someone had passed out.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (91% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • As he loved his cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should retain her secret—the more so as the secret was a disgraceful one.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (94% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I knew my man, however, and I clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (97% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I think that I have touched bottom at last, however.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (8% in)
  • The gentleman, however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, opened a pocket-book and took out a note.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (16% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • You need not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which would, I should think, fit you very well.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (26% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I thought, however, that before taking the final step I should like to submit the whole matter to your consideration.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (28% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Mrs. Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, anxious look upon her face.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At the second glance, however, I perceived that there was a man standing in the Southampton Road, a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in my direction.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (57% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • This man, however, was leaning against the railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (57% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • One day, however, as I ascended the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on his face which made him a very different person to the round, jovial man to whom I was accustomed.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (66% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • I sat down beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, however long he might be.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (42% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • However that may be, the young lady was very decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never for an instant entered her mind.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (87% in)

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exact meaning not specified
  • It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (93% in)
  • I sat down beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, however long he might be.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (42% in)
  • However innocent he might be, he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the circumstances were very black against him.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (20% in)
  • I had begun to take comfort too soon, however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in which it had come upon my father.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (46% in)
  • On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two very much larger ones upon the right and left—both of them, however, in the grounds of my neighbours.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (35% in)
  • On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two very much larger ones upon the right and left—both of them, however, in the grounds of my neighbours.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (35% in)

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