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while    : [w'ɑɪl] [hw'ɑɪl]
While \While\, n. [AS. hw[imac]l; akin to OS. hw[imac]l,
hw[imac]la, OFries. hw[imac]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG.
w[imac]la, hw[imac]la, hw[imac]l, Icel. hv[imac]la a bed,
hv[imac]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. {Quiet}, {Whilom}.]
1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a
time; as, one while we thought him innocent. "All this
while." --Shak.
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This mighty queen may no while endure. --Chaucer.
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[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile. --Coleridge.
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I will go forth and breathe the air a while.
--Longfellow.
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2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.]
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Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.
--Chaucer.
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{At whiles}, at times; at intervals.
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And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim
Powers that we dread. --J. H.
Newman.
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{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.
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While \While\, prep.
Until; till. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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I may be conveyed into your chamber;
I'll lie under your bed while midnight. --Beau. & Fl.
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While \While\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whiled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Whiling}.]
To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or
disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away.
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The lovely lady whiled the hours away. --Longfellow.
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While \While\, v. i.
To loiter. [R.] --Spectator.
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While \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.
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Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a
gradual improvement, while you take care not to
overload it. --I. Watts.
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2. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though;
whereas.
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{While as}, {While that}, during or at the time that. [Obs.]
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while
n 1: a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by
some action or condition; "he was here for a little while";
"I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a
patch of bad weather" [synonym: {while}, {piece}, {spell},
{patch}]

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "while":
albeit, although, amuse, as far as, as long as, at which time,
beguile, bit, brighten, chronology, continuity, day, divert,
duration, duree, during which time, elbow grease, enliven,
entertain, exertion, fateful moment, hour, howbeit, instant,
interval, juncture, kairos, lastingness, lighten, meantime,
meanwhile, minute, moment, moment of truth, pains, period, point,
pregnant moment, psychological moment, psychological time, season,
space, space-time, span, spell, stage, stretch, tense, term,
the future, the past, the present, the while, tide, time, time lag,
timebinding, trouble, when, whereas, whet, whilst, wile



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