from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A period of time: stay for a while; sang all the while. See Usage Note at awhile.
- n. The time, effort, or trouble taken in doing something: The project wasn't worth my while.
- conj. As long as; during the time that: It was lovely while it lasted.
- conj. At the same time that; although: While the grandparents love the children, they are strict with them.
- conj. Whereas; and: The soles are leather, while the uppers are canvas.
- transitive v. To spend (time) idly or pleasantly: while the hours away.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A certain duration of time, a period of time.
- conj. During the same time that.
- conj. although
- conj. until
- v. To pass (time) idly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time.
- n. That which requires time; labor; pains.
- transitive v. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away.
- intransitive v. To loiter.
- conj. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that.
- conj. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.
- prep. Until; till.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A time; a space of time; especially, a short space of time during which something happens or is to happen or be done.
- n. Time spent upon anything; expenditure of time, and hence of pains or labor; trouble: as, to do it is not worth one's while.
- During or in the time that; as long as.
- At the same time that: often used adversatively.
- Till; until.
- Synonyms While, Though. While implies less of contrast in the parallel than though, sometimes, indeed, implying no contrast at all. Thus we say, “While I admire his bravery, I esteem his moderation;” but “though I admire his courage, I detest his cruelty.”
- At times; sometimes; now and then: used in correlation as while … while. Compare whiles, adv.
- To cause to pass; spend; consume; kill: said of time: usually followed by away.
- To occupy the time of; busy; detain.
- To pass; elapse, as time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
Middle English, from Old English hwīl; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hwīl, from Proto-Germanic *hwīlō. Cognate with Low German wil. (Wiktionary)