While

Definition of While

n.1.Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.
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.
- Longfellow.
2.That which requires time; labor; pains.
Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.
- Chaucer.
At whiles
at times; at intervals.
And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim
Powers that we dread.
- J. H. Newman.
v. t.1.To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away.
[imp. & p. p. Whiled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Whiling.]
The lovely lady whiled the hours away.
- Longfellow.
v. i.1.To loiter.
conj.1.During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep.
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; whereas.
While as
during or at the time that.
prep.1.Until; till.
I may be conveyed into your chamber;
I'll lie under your bed while midnight.
- Beau. & Fl.

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