What does While mean?

Definitions for While
ʰwaɪl, waɪlWhile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. while, piece, spell, patch(noun)

    a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

    "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"

Wiktionary

  1. while(Noun)

    A certain duration of time, a period of time.

    He lectured for quite a long while.

  2. while(Verb)

    To pass (time) idly.

  3. while(Conjunction)

    During the same time that.

    He was sleeping while I was singing.

  4. while(Conjunction)

    although

    This case, while interesting, is a bit frustrating.

  5. while(Conjunction)

    until

  6. Origin: hwil. Cognate with wil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. While(noun)

    space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent

  2. While(noun)

    that which requires time; labor; pains

  3. While(verb)

    to cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away

  4. While(verb)

    to loiter

  5. While

    during the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep

  6. While

    hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas

  7. While

    until; till

  8. Origin: [AS. hwl; akin to OS. hwl, hwla, OFries. hwle, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. wla, hwla, hwl, Icel. hvla a bed, hvld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan. hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet, and perhaps to Gr. the proper time of season. 20. Cf. Quiet, Whilom.]

Freebase

  1. While

    "While" is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction. Its meaning varies largely based on its intended function, position in the phrase and even the writer or speaker's regional dialect. As a conjunction, it is synonymous with the word "whilst", a form often considered archaic in American and Canadian English, as well as in some style guides on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. While

    hwīl, n. a space of time: trouble spent.—adv. during the time that: at the same time that, as long as.—v.t. to cause to pass without irksomeness (with away).—conjs. While, Whilst, as long as: at the same time that: (Shak.) until; Whiles (B.), while, at the same time that.—adv. (Scot.) at times (orig. gen. of A.S. hwíl).—advs. Whī′lom, Whī′lome (Milt.), formerly, once (orig. dat. pl. of A.S. hwíl, time).—Every once in a while, now and then; The while (Shak.), in the meantime; The whilst (Shak.), while: in the meantime; Worth while, worth the trouble and time taken. [A.S. hwíl; Goth. hweila, Ger. weile.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'While' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #149

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'While' in Written Corpus Frequency: #554

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'While' in Nouns Frequency: #744

How to pronounce While?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say While in sign language?

  1. while

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of While in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of While in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of While in a Sentence

  1. President Obama:

    Not while I’m speaking.

  2. Julie Mignerey:

    It's going to take a while.

  3. Phish:

    Can't I live while I'm young

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    While you are walking the line.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    While we are on the right side.

Images & Illustrations of While

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