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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 while /ˈhwaɪ(ə)l, ˈwaɪ(ə)l/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 While n.
 1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.  “All this while.”
    This mighty queen may no while endure.   --Chaucer.
 [Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
 And tells the jest without the smile.   --Coleridge.
    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 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.”
    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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 While, v. i. To loiter.  [R.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : 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" [syn: piece, spell,