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however
used in The Mill on the Floss

3 meanings, 23 uses
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1  —16 uses as in:
However, complications may...
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.)
  • But he threw himself into the armchair again, and thrust his hands into his trouser-pockets, still looking angrily at his son, however.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — Wakem in a New Light (22% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She had told Tom, however, that she should like him to put the worms on the hook for her, although she accepted his word when he assured her that worms couldn't feel (it was Tom's private opinion that it didn't much matter if they did).
    1.5 — Book 1 Chapter 5 — Tom Comes Home (75% in)
  • Bob abstained from remark and passed on, choosing, however, to walk in the shallow edge of the overflowing river by way of change.
    1.6 — Book 1 Chapter 6 — The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (71% in)
  • In this particular, however, Mrs. Glegg did her sister Bessy some injustice, for Mrs. Tulliver had really made great efforts to induce Maggie to wear a leghorn bonnet and a dyed silk frock made out of her aunt Glegg's, but the results had been such that Mrs. Tulliver was obliged to bury them in her maternal bosom; for Maggie, declaring that the frock smelt of nasty dye, had taken an opportunity of basting it together with the roast beef the first Sunday she wore it, and finding this...
    1.7 — Book 1 Chapter 7 — Enter the Aunts and Uncles (30% in)
  • To-day however, Maggie thought her misery had reached a pitch at which gypsydom was her refuge, and she rose from her seat on the roots of the tree with the sense that this was a great crisis in her life; she would run straight away till she came to Dunlow Common, where there would certainly be gypsies; and cruel Tom, and the rest of her relations who found fault with her, should never see her any more.
    1.11 — Book 1 Chapter 11 — Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow (4% in)
  • At last, however, the green fields came to an end, and Maggie found herself looking through the bars of a gate into a lane with a wide margin of grass on each side of it.
    1.11 — Book 1 Chapter 11 — Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow (22% in)
  • She went on, however, and thought with some comfort that gypsies most likely knew nothing about idiots, so there was no danger of their falling into the mistake of setting her down at the first glance as an idiot.
    1.11 — Book 1 Chapter 11 — Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow (31% in)
  • Most of Mr. Spray's hearers, however, were incapable of following his subtleties, and many old-fashioned Dissenters were much pained by his "siding with the Catholics"; while others thought he had better let politics alone.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (31% in)
  • The thumb-screw was a little relaxed, however, during this second half-year.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — "The Young Idea" (39% in)
  • Philip, however, met her advances toward a good understanding very much as a caressed mollusk meets an invitation to show himself out of his shell.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — "The Young Idea" (80% in)
  • When Maggie came, however, she could not help looking with growing interest at the new schoolfellow, although he was the son of that wicked Lawyer Wakem, who made her father so angry.
    2.5 — Book 2 Chapter 5 — Maggie's Second Visit (17% in)
  • Apparently, however, they were not the object to which he wished to call Maggie's attention, but rather something which he had carried under his arm, wrapped in a red handkerchief.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (8% in)
  • So Maggie, glad of anything that would soothe her mother, and cheer their long day together, consented to the vain decoration, and showed a queenly head above her old frocks, steadily refusing, however, to look at herself in the glass.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (97% in)
  • However, I promise you to bear it in mind, and when you come back we'll talk of it again.
    6.5 — Book 6 Chapter 5 — Showing That Tom Had Opened the Oyster (98% in)
  • This incident had the effect of drawing Philip's attention with freshened solicitude toward Stephen and Maggie; but when they re-entered the house, music was proposed, and Mrs. Tulliver and Mr. Deane being occupied with cribbage, Maggie sat apart near the table where the books and work were placed, doing nothing, however, but listening abstractedly to the music.
    6.13 — Book 6 Chapter 13 — Borne Along by the Tide (28% in)
  • Presently, however, she came full on Mrs. and Miss Turnbull, old acquaintances of her family; they both looked at her strangely, and turned a little aside without speaking.
    7.2 — Book 7 Chapter 2 — St. Ogg's Passes Judgment (45% in)

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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)
  • His weakness did not lie on the side of scrupulosity; but the largest amount of winking, however significant, is not equivalent to seeing through a stone wall; and confident as Mr. Tulliver was in his principle that water was water, and in the direct inference that Pivart had not a leg to stand on in this affair of irrigation, he had an uncomfortable suspicion that Wakem had more law to show against this (rationally) irrefragable inference than Gore could show for it.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Christmas Holidays (84% in)
however = regardless of how
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3  —2 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • You've had a good deal of schooling, however; I suppose you're pretty well up in accounts, eh?
    3.5 — Book 3 Chapter 5 — Tom Applies His Knife to the Oyster (31% in)
  • The children were used to hear themselves talked of as freely as if they were birds, and could understand nothing, however they might stretch their necks and listen; but on this occasion Mrs. Tulliver manifested an unusual discretion, because she had recently had evidence that the going to school to a clergyman was a sore point with Tom, who looked at it as very much on a par with going to school to a constable.
    1.7 — Book 1 Chapter 7 — Enter the Aunts and Uncles (73% in)

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  • Tom was very slow to forgive her, however sorry she might have been.
    1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (52% in)
  • She had become almost indifferent to her mother's habitual depreciation of her, but she was keenly alive to any sanction of it, however passive, that she might suspect in Tom.
    3.2 — Book 3 Chapter 2 — Mrs. Tulliver's Teraphim, or Household Gods (85% in)
  • I could not see you without concealment—stay, I know what you are going to say,—it is other people's wrong feelings that make concealment necessary; but concealment is bad, however it may be caused.
    5.3 — Book 5 Chapter 3 — The Wavering Balance (16% in)
  • Let a prejudice be bequeathed, carried in the air, adopted by hearsay, caught in through the eye,—however it may come, these minds will give it a habitation; it is something to assert strongly and bravely, something to fill up the void of spontaneous ideas, something to impose on others with the authority of conscious right; it is at once a staff and a baton.
    6.12 — Book 6 Chapter 12 — A Family Party (90% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in The Mill on the Floss.

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