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Definition of While
WhileWhile While, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whiled; p. pr. & vb. n.
To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or
disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away.
The lovely lady whiled the hours away. --Longfellow. WhileWhile While, n. [AS. hw[=i]l; akin to OS. hw[=i]l, hw[=i]la,
OFries. hw[=i]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. w[=i]la, hw[=i]la,
hw[=i]l, Icel. hv[=i]la a bed, hv[=i]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan.
hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet,
and perhaps to Gr. ? the proper time of season. [root]20. Cf.
1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a
time; as, one while we thought him innocent. ``All this
This mighty queen may no while endure. --Chaucer.
[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile. --Coleridge.
I will go forth and breathe the air a while.
2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.]
Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.
At whiles, at times; at intervals.
And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim Powers
that we dread. --J. H.
The while, The whiles, in or during the time that;
meantime; while. --Tennyson.
Within a while, in a short time; soon.
Worth while, worth the time which it requires; worth the
time and pains; hence, worth the expense; as, it is not
always worth while for a man to prosecute for small debts.
While While, v. i.
To loiter. [R.] --Spectator.
WhileWhile While, conj.
1. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time
that; as, while I write, you sleep. ``While I have time
and space.' --Chaucer.
Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a
gradual improvement, while you take care not to
overload it. --I. Watts.
2. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though;
While as, While that, during or at the time that. [Obs.]
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