/how"euhrd/, n.1. Catherine, c1520-42, fifth wife of Henry VIII.2. Sir Ebenezer, 1850-1928, English town planner.4. John Winston, born 1939, prime minister of Australia since 1996.5. Leslie (Leslie Stainer), 1893-1943, English actor.6. Roy Wilson, 1883-1964, U.S. editor and newspaper publisher.8. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning "brave heart."
* * *(as used in expressions)Aiken Howard HathawayArmstrong Edwin HowardBearden Romare HowardBliss Tasker HowardHoagland Howard CarmichaelDietz HowardFlorey Howard Walter BaronHanson Howard HaroldHawks Howard WinchesterHoward John WinstonHoward LeslieLeslie Howard SteinerHoward Oliver OtisHoward RonHughes Howard RobardLindsay HowardMays Willie HowardMeredith James HowardNemerov HowardNorfolk Thomas Howard 2nd duke ofNorfolk Thomas Howard 3rd duke ofNorfolk Thomas Howard 4th duke ofNorthampton Henry Howard earl ofNorthrop John HowardOdum Howard WashingtonRicketts Howard TaylorSchuman William HowardShaw Anna HowardSuffolk Thomas Howard 1st earl ofSurrey Henry Howard earl ofSusskind David HowardTaft William HowardTormé Melvin Howard
* * *county, central Maryland, U.S., bordered by the South Branch Patapsco River to the north, the Patapsco River to the northeast, and the Patuxent River to the west and southwest. The county is bracketed by Patuxent River State Park in the west and Patapsco Valley State Park in the east.Howard county was created in 1851, having earlier been (from 1838) a district of Anne Arundel county. It was named for statesman and Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard. The county seat, Ellicott City (formerly Ellicott's Mills), became the first railroad terminus in the United States (1830) as part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The planned community of Columbia was founded in the mid-1960s.The county's economy is based on research and development, wholesale trade, and manufacturing. Area 252 square miles (653 square km). Pop. (2000) 247,842; (2007 est.) 273,669.
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