While

  • 1 while — while, whilst 1. Both forms are used in BrE, but whilst is not much used in AmE. There is no distinction in usage as regards meaning, although varying grammatical patterns are noted below. 2. The word is a conjunction, and its primary sense is… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 While — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 While — and whilst are conjunctions whose primary meaning is during the time that . An example is::The days were hot while we were on vacation.:I read a magazine whilst I was waiting. While and whilst can nowadays legitimately be used in the contrastive… …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 while — [hwīl, wīl] n. [ME < OE hwil, akin to Ger weile < IE base * kweye , to rest > L quies, quiet] a period or space of time [a short while] conj. 1. during or throughout the time that [we waited while she dined] 2. at the same time that… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 while — ► NOUN 1) (a while) a period of time. 2) (a while) for some time. 3) (the while) at the same time; meanwhile. 4) (the while) literary during the time that. ► …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 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. [1913 Webster] Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 While as — 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. [1913 Webster] Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 While — While, prep. Until; till. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] I may be conveyed into your chamber; I ll lie under your bed while midnight. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 while — while, wile, beguile, fleet mean to pass time, especially leisure time, without being bored. One whiles or wiles away a space of time by causing it to be filled by something pleasant, diverting, or amusing {they can while away an hour very… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 while — [conj1] as long as although, at the same time, during, during the time, in the time, throughout the time, whilst; concept 799 while [conj2] even though albeit, although, howbeit, much as, though, when, whereas; concept 544 while [n] time interval …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 while I'm at it — ˌwhile you re/I m etc. ˈat it idiom used to suggest that sb could do sth while they are doing sth else • ‘I m just going to buy some postcards.’ ‘Can you get me some stamps while you re at it?’ Main entry: ↑whileidiom …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 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. [1913 Webster] The lovely lady whiled the hours away. Longfellow.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 13 While — While, v. i. To loiter. [R.] Spectator. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 14 while — index ad interim, duration, period Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 15 while — while1 W1S1 [waıl] conj 1.) during the time that something is happening ▪ They arrived while we were having dinner. ▪ While she was asleep, thieves broke in and stole her handbag. ▪ She met Andy while working on a production of Carmen. see usage… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 while — while1 [ waıl, hwaıl ] conjunction *** 1. ) at a moment during the time that something is happening: Someone called while you were out. While in Australia, she met and married Bert. She had sprained her ankle while playing tennis. 2. ) at the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 while — I [[t](h)waɪl[/t]] CONJUNCTION USES ♦ (Usually pronounced [[t](h)wa͟ɪl[/t]] for meaning 4. The form whilst is also used in formal or literary English, especially British English.) 1) CONJ SUBORD If something happens while something else is… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 while — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, little, short ▪ fair, good, long, some ▪ Things continued quiet for some while …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 while — 1 /waIl/ conjunction 1 during the time that something is happening: They arrived while we were having dinner. | He got malaria while travelling in Africa. 2 if something happens while something else is happening, it happens at the same time as it …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 while — I UK [waɪl] / US / US [hwaɪl] conjunction *** 1) at a moment during the time that something is happening Someone called while you were out. While in Australia, she met and married Bert. She had sprained her ankle while playing tennis. 2) at the… …

    English dictionary