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.

(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.

(While), v. i. To loiter. [R.] Spectator.

(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.

Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you take care not to overload it.
I. Watts.

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;
I'll lie under your bed while midnight.
Beau. & Fl.

(Whig"gish) a. Of or pertaining to Whigs; partaking of, or characterized by, the principles of Whigs.

(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.

[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile.

I will go forth and breathe the air a while.

2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.]

Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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