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  1. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. To loiter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which requires time; labor; pains. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Until; till. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A period of time; time or pains required to do something; used in the expressions, worth while, and worth one's while. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. As long as; during the time that. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To spend, as time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. A space of time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. During the time that: at the same time that, as long as. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To cause to pass without irksomeness (with away). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. During the time that; at the same time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To cause to pass without tediousness, as time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To spend pleasantly, as time; commonly followed by away. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A short time; also, a period of time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. During the time that. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. At the same time that; sometimes; tho. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. During the time that; as long as; at the same time that. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. Time; space of time, or continued duration. Worth while, worth the time which it requires; worth the time and pains; worth the expense. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To cause time to pass away pleasantly, without irksomeness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Space of time; continued duration; pains or time, as in "worth while". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To cause to pass pleasantly; to loiter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away. mso.anu.edu.au
  27. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; usually followed by away. dictgcide_fs
  28. hw[=i]l, 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. WH[=I]'LOM, WH[=I]'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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Space of time, time occupied by or given to some action &c., (have been waiting all this w.; go away for a w.; in a little w., soon; MEAN w.; once in a w., occasionally, at long intervals; have not seen him for a long w., this long w. past; happened a long w. ago; that is enough for one w., for some time; worth w. or my &c. w., repaying the time spent in doing it &c.; looked in her eyes the while or whilst, during some other process; the w. or whilst poet., during the time that). (Vb) pass (time, hour, &c.) away in leisurely manner. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. During the time that, for as long as, at the same time as, please write while I dictate; Jones got 98 w. his partner was making 15; w. there is life there is hope; also with ellipse of pronominal subject& am, is, was, &c., as w. reading I fell asleep. we are safe w. in his care, he retained the consciousness of it w. asleep); in contrast more or less marked with the fact that simultaneously, although, whereas, (chiefly journalistic) &, (Nero fiddling w. Rome burns; w. I have no money to spend, you have nothing to spend money on; w. I admit his good points I can see his bad; also erron. w. admitting &c., cf. the correct ellipses above; Jones lost an arm, Brown a leg, w. Robinson had both amputated). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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