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While meaning

while - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. To loiter.
  2. 2. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.
  3. 3. That which requires time; labor; pains.
  4. 4. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep.
  5. 5. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.
  6. 6. Until; till.
  7. 7. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away.
  8. 8. During the time that; at the same time.
  9. 9. To cause to pass without tediousness, as time.

while - examples of usage

  1. Shall I have a look into the Old Man's place, Sir, while I'm down there? - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. He had been here a long while. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. " Not for a little while. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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