(Whig"gish) a. Of or pertaining to Whigs; partaking of, or characterized by, the principles of
(Whig"gish*ly), adv. In a Whiggish manner.
(Whig"gism) n. The principles of the Whigs.
(Whig"ling) n. A petty or inferior Whig; used in contempt. Spectator.
(While) n. [AS. hwil; akin to OS. hwil, hwila, OFries. hwile, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. wila,
hwila, hwil, Icel. hvila a bed, hvild rest, Sw. hvila, Dan. hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably
to L. quietus quiet, and perhaps to Gr. the proper time of season. &radic20. 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,Coleridge.
And tells the jest without the smile.
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 claimJ. H. Newman.
Powers that we dread.
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.
(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.
The lovely lady whiled the hours away.Longfellow.
(While), v. i. To loiter. [R.] Spectator.
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.
Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you take care not to overload
2. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.
While as, While that, during or at the time that. [Obs.]
(While), prep. Until; till. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
I may be conveyed into your chamber;Beau. & Fl.
I'll lie under your bed while midnight.