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Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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 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. 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. [Obs.] 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. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Whiles Whiles, adv. [See While, n., and -wards.] 1. Meanwhile; meantime. [R.] The good knight whiles humming to himself the lay of some majored troubadour. --Sir. W. Scott. 2. sometimes; at times. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. The whiles. See under While, n.



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