whilst vs while

whilst while

Definitions

  • 1) [Archaic.] in the meantime; while.
  • 2) Archaic While.
  • 3) Inthemeantime.
  • 4) chiefly UK While, at the same time.
  • 5) While.

Definitions

  • 1) A certain duration of time, a period of time.
  • 2) A period of time.
  • 3) The time, effort, or trouble taken in doing something.
  • 4) at times; at intervals.
  • 5) 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.
  • 6) in a short time; soon.
  • 7) obsolete That which requires time; labor; pains.
  • 8) Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time.
  • 9) in or during the time that; meantime; while.
  • 10) a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
  • 11) A time; a space of time; especially, a short space of time during which something happens or is to happen or be done.
  • 12) Time spent upon anything; expenditure of time, and hence of pains or labor; trouble: as, to do it is not worth one's while.
  • 13) transitive To pass (time) idly.
  • 14) Till;until.
  • 15) rare To loiter.
  • 16) To spend (time) idly or pleasantly.
  • 17) To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away.
  • 18) During the same time that.
  • 19) although
  • 20) Northern England, Scotland until
  • 21) As long as; during the time that.
  • 22) In spite of the fact that; although.
  • 23) But; however.
  • 24) Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.
  • 25) [Obs.] during or at the time that.
  • 26) During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that.
  • 27) Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot. Until; till.

Examples

  • 1) A man who admires one party whilst making money out of both.
  • 2) Then Beverley carried each drink in turn back to our table, whilst Trevor collected her change.
  • 3) To take this oath with you present, whilst you defy the First Sister, is unconscionable.
  • 4) ‘The worst of it though, is the attention I get whilst running on the streets of London.’
  • 5) ‘In my infinite wisdom I decided to fill the holes in myself whilst Gary was working.’
  • 6) ‘Being in a rush to get out this evening we sat Tommy at the table whilst we were eating and all had a civilised meal.’
  • 7) ‘Walking on the road in broad daylight whilst facing the traffic makes me anxious enough.’
  • 8) ‘It was exchanged for a very large scar whilst on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.’
  • 9) ‘I said out loud as I tried to stare a bit more at the map whilst driving at 40 miles an hour.’
  • 10) ‘I explained that whilst I would like to, now was not the right time for me, or for her.’
  • 11) ‘Once we were word perfect we were taught what we had to do whilst on the altar.’
  • 12) ‘My poor dogs and I are confined to one room whilst the window men continue to fit the new windows.’
  • 13) ‘Love on a mental level is friendship, whilst love on a physical level is basically lust.’
  • 14) ‘We had to queue and order our meal, standing at a counter, whilst scanning the menu.’
  • 15) ‘I'd forgotten to mention but I had a bit of an accident with Dads car whilst he was away.’
  • 16) ‘I had a bag of fish and chips for lunch and ate them whilst sitting by the river.’
  • 17) ‘Molly clambers up onto the wall and struts up and down for a moment whilst she gets her balance on the wall.’
  • 18) ‘It is impossible not to be moved whilst in the presence of such belief and faith.’
  • 19) ‘Heroin stays in the system for around a day, whilst cannabis can remain in the body for up to a month.’
  • 20) ‘Perhaps whilst it is fresh in my mind I might just pick up on the last point of the press briefings.’
  • 21) ‘Others will rev the engine and light the lights whilst the forming queue shifts on its feet.’
  • 22) ‘I was sitting in the living room and whilst my friend was in the kitchen her husband made a pass at me.’
  • 23) ‘Even when she is unwell, she is able to just step through that and put it aside whilst she is out there.’

Examples

  • 1) The last seat in our carriage was taken a while ago.
  • 2) So for at least a little while that will be enough.
  • 3) This time it happened a good while after.
  • 4) The sauce could be made while cooking something else.
  • 5) while this may be welcome for wealthier employees it can be difficult for the lower paid.
  • 6) There has been no shot on target for a long while.
  • 7) while the first person is gone, a second person will move the object to different location.
  • 8) Young went to full back while Martial attacked.
  • 9) while things are going well, their nascent union does not yet feel entirely nailed on.
  • 10) You just need a little patience while it sets in the fridge.
  • 11) We had split for a while but got back together and were really happy.
  • 12) The following exercises can be performed while sitting.
  • 13) He has been released while inquiries continue.
  • 14) But tablets will have to be propped up on something while you play them.
  • 15) More time was taken while the officials were changed.
  • 16) while we were waiting a woman on the phone was talking me through what to do.
  • 17) The government has to make it worth its while to take on that task.
  • 18) You stop breathing while you listen to them.
  • 19) So in a little while they became great friends.
  • 20) But once in a while one comes along that drills itself so far into your head you cannot forget it.
  • 21) Let's keep on talking about the bad things for a while.
  • 22) while this promise may have been rash, it is clearly one to which he feels beholden.
  • 23) Yes, it took a while and the first half was not great.
  • 24) while two different cancers may share many features, none are identical.
  • 25) It has taken a while, to be fair.
  • 26) For while objects may document history, people make it compelling.
  • 27) I mentioned the harmonica a while ago.
  • 28) I have to think about things for a while.
  • 29) Unlike items bought with a loan or credit card, you cannot sell or dispose of the goods while making payments.
  • 30) But while high is good, higher isn't always better.
  • 31) First, while he may seem invisible, he is far from inconsequential.
  • 32) Gibreel, with the Imam riding him like a carpet, swoops lower, and in the steaming night it looks as if the streets are alive, they seem to be writhing, like snakes; while in front of the palace of the Empress's defeat a new hill seems to be growing, _while we watch, baba, what's going on here?
  • 33) Alexander, dum inter prīmōrēs pugnat, sagittā ictus est, _Alexander, while he was fighting in the van, was struck by an arrow_; dum haec geruntur, in fīnēs Venellōrum pervēnit, _while these things were being done, he arrived in the territory of the Venelli_.
  • 34) "I do not know -- but someday you and all in the world will see it, when the Earth people are kind to each other -- not once in a while, but every day -- _all the while_ --"
  • 35) Even while we write, and for years back, a charge lies in the department of the Minister of Finance, against the present Premier of the Dominion, accusing that unscrupulous individual of conspiring with a whisky dealer, _while he himself was First Minister of the Crown_, to defraud the revenue -- a charge made by the present Assistant Commissioner of Customs and
  • 36) "Thou hast immanacled while Heaven sees good," he explains that "_while_ here has the sense of _so long as_."
  • 37) I. i.33 (231,5) [be better employ'd, and be nought a while] Warburton explained [ "be nought a while" as "a mischief on you"] If _be nought a while_ has the signification here given it, the reading may certainly stand; but till I learned its meaning from this note, I read,
  • 38) But I swear that she shall never marry him while I live, "he ended in a kind of shout and the domed and painted ceiling echoed back his words --" _while I live_ "after which the room was silent, save for the heavy thumping of his heart.
  • 39) The court, however, sentenced Tuncel to 10 1/2 years in prison for a separate crime, his role in a bombing a McDonald's restaurant in 2004 in Black Sea port city of Trabzon and ordered his release from prison since he already completed his term while awaiting a verdict.
  • 40) ‘At this time kidneys were taken a little while after the donor's heart had stopped and death had been pronounced.’
  • 41) ‘It is safe to assume that the word had been around for a while before 1611.’
  • 42) ‘There were two bastards in the Jones household for a while - but only one of them was truly Jenny's.’
  • 43) ‘Taoism may prolong your life for a while, but by means of its teaching one cannot escape death.’
  • 44) ‘Yet all the while they know where they are and where they are going!’
  • 45) ‘The matter was referred to London and Paris, and for a while tension between the two countries was extreme.’
  • 46) ‘None the less, for a while it became very difficult for writers to present their views artistically.’
  • 47) ‘Once you gain the promontory of grandparenthood, these things last for only short whiles, not for 20 straight years like they used to.’
  • 48) ‘After a while, the consensus on how to respond to the examples breaks down and the debate stalls.’
  • 49) ‘Matron allowed me to come too, for a while, to watch, pirouette around and drink a thimbleful of ginger wine.’
  • 50) ‘I went back and watched TV for a while till Jess wanted to go back to her room.’
  • 51) ‘So I sat and flew my tiny little kite for a while and watched the much bigger inflatables and other kites fill the sky above.’
  • 52) ‘All the while, she watches Brian's face, alert for signs of pain or discomfort.’
  • 53) ‘For a while, she watches the merry flames which seem to embody the very spirit of this night.’
  • 54) ‘We spent a while just watching them eat, scratch, yawn, stretch and go about their business.’
  • 55) ‘All this while my family was watching from inside the van, and in full view of all those in line.’
  • 56) ‘At Ibrox, there is a telly in the ref's room, and I'll maybe watch that for a while.’
  • 57) ‘He opened his eyes and, having watched her for a while, he asked her what she was doing.’
  • 58) ‘A baby is born, then there is a rest for a little while, then the contractions should start again.’
  • 59) ‘After a while, a low grumbling in our stomachs indicated it was time to hit the curry house.’
  • 60) ‘Again the industry cooled its heels a while and then brought back the same plan.’
  • 61) ‘Now I'm not going to be able to think of anything else but her ears while watching the movie.’
  • 62) ‘The thing that stayed with me while watching the movie was the sense of dread that something was going to happen.’
  • 63) ‘The victims were attacked while watching a cricket match between India and Pakistan on television.’
  • 64) ‘Police have apologised after two brothers were arrested while they were watching a hunt for car thieves.’
  • 65) ‘Officers parked a decoy car with items left in full view while they watched from an unmarked vehicle nearby.’
  • 66) ‘You can watch a previously-recorded show while recording something else, you see.’
  • 67) ‘The double receiver means viewers can watch one digital channel while recording another.’
  • 68) ‘Pliny the Elder lost his life while visiting Vesuvius during an eruption.’
  • 69) ‘Sousa's creed as a conductor was to entertain his audience while educating them.’
  • 70) ‘People have argued that Einstein grew up as a scientist while he was developing the general theory.’
  • 71) ‘Domitia finds the list while he sleeps, and joins others whose names are there in a conspiracy.’
  • 72) ‘It would not be right to close a chapter about art in the digital era while neglecting the truest offspring of the new media.’
  • 73) ‘Can a tradition be borrowed only in part, while leaving out something fundamental to it?’
  • 74) ‘This means that they allow the analyst to code text while working at the computer and to retrieve the coded text.’
  • 75) ‘Every year a lot of new people are sucked into the media occupations, while at the same time a lot of people leave.’
  • 76) ‘They relate to what people can say or do while participating in a procession or other form of demonstration.’
  • 77) ‘The question has been raised whether we were tortured while being investigated.’
  • 78) ‘All of them, like Darwin, had to negotiate ways to work while suffering from ill health.’
  • 79) ‘They may also accept patients on a temporary basis while they are resident in the practice area.’
  • 80) ‘By then, experience had toughened him, while making him more determined than ever to succeed.’
  • 81) ‘Danny Slatter has signed a one-year contract, while Russell Edwards has been released.’
  • 82) ‘Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.’
  • 83) ‘Spain is increasing the size of its fishing fleet while ours is contracting.’
  • 84) ‘This indicates that expression of the transgene occurs in tubers while the endogene seems to be silent.’
  • 85) ‘All the toes were red while the rest of the foot was white, indicating poor circulation.’
  • 86) ‘Some contracts offer just protection, while others provide investment links.’
  • 87) ‘The sky was almost black, while the trees and shrubs where all frosty pink.’
  • 88) ‘Black cabbies pay the airport a fee to operate there, while Checker was required to bid for a contract.’
  • 89) ‘O'Boyle is out of contract in the summer, while Thomas still has two years remaining on his deal.’
  • 90) ‘A strange contradiction emerged as the art was praised while those who created it were degraded.’
  • 91) ‘The main entrance is on the north while another to the south is used by a modern track.’
  • 92) ‘Writing by hand continues to be basic to education while at the same time its value has declined in occupational terms.’
  • 93) ‘Her husband spends his weekends watching football, while she watches soap operas and Sex and the City.’
  • 94) ‘He was presented with a watch, while his wife Wendy was presented with a bouquet of flowers.’
  • 95) ‘It can absorb the individual as a visit to the cinema can, while watching television can't.’
  • 96) ‘There is a mistaken belief that it is a straight road, while in fact there is a slight bend.’
  • 97) ‘Both in fact were non-rhotic, while the majority of Americans speak with rhotic accents.’
  • 98) ‘Myrtle, for example, is the emblem of love while sweet lavender denotes a loyal heart.’
  • 99) ‘In fact, while they are labeled as such, they are not really fantasy stories in the genre sense.’
  • 100) ‘In fact, while the experiment was, of necessity, painful, it was far from worthless.’
  • 101) ‘The fact remains that, while horses may not die of foot-and-mouth, they do carry the disease.’
  • 102) ‘Peter says while the thought of group therapy may seem daunting, there are many benefits from working this way.’
  • 103) ‘So the thought of flying, while appealing, was not at the top of my list of things to do.’
  • 104) ‘I have always thought that Edinburgh, while grand in design, was timid in vision.’
  • 105) ‘Now, though, while the price of these two has dropped more than two quid, so has the quality.’
  • 106) ‘Thus while we can start with Waltz, we certainly do not want to stop with him.’
  • 107) ‘But while it created room for the diffusion of authority it did not have a place for individualism.’
  • 108) ‘Hegel, for example, while not defending war, observed that it was the nursery of the heroic virtues.’
  • 109) ‘Such conditions, while toxic to plants and animals, can be quite cozy for archaeans.’
  • 110) ‘Walking lines of kids around the Plateau on a long cord, while cute, cannot be the only option.’
  • 111) ‘But while one side of the battle is finished, it will not go away.’
  • 112) ‘So, while online petitions are useless, as everyone says, surely they can do no harm.’
  • 113) ‘The spray is used to subdue violent offenders and, while painful, does not leave any permanent damage.’
  • 114) ‘I knew that cat-claws, while wonderful things, cannot get traction on the glass of a mirror.’
  • 115) ‘But while gay couples may be looking to settle down, some find life in Britain difficult.’
  • 116) ‘The relationship, while exciting and original, had eventually become strained.’
  • 117) ‘It is not just for a relatively short period while physical defects to the property are made good.’
  • 118) ‘There were no words confining the cover to a period while actual repairs were taking place.’
  • 119) ‘There's a moment's freezing silence while her eyebrows contract like thunder.’
  • 120) ‘The result was a lengthy hiatus in the building work while another contractor was sought.’
  • 121) ‘The English Tea House & Restaurant is a sublime slice of colonial luxury; indeed, most visitors wind up whiling the afternoon away within its convivial surroundings rather than just stopping for lunch.’
  • 122) ‘When not out with Sanura, Kira spent most of her time in her room and whiled the time away by expressing her obsession through her art.’
  • 123) ‘People sat under parasols outside the cafes, whiling the day away.’
  • 124) ‘In the event, Mara was ousted from his post by the military, and is currently understood to be peacefully whiling his time away on a yacht.’
  • 125) ‘Juniper whiled many a day away in her sitting room, speaking to none, playing absently with the pale rose petals, as soft as the skin of a newborn's cheek.’
  • 126) ‘I would have perhaps whiled the time away in such a state had not a scent, borne on the ebony breezes, suddenly caught my attention.’
  • 127) ‘Many an hour could be whiled away here, eating, drinking, surfing the net, listening to music and chatting up a prospective date.’
  • 128) ‘Anyhow, it's a scorcher of an afternoon, perfect for whiling away a couple of hours in the sunshine.’
  • 129) ‘But for today's child, vacation no longer means whiling away the time in front of the television, pestering the mother or keeping grandparents on tenterhooks for the most part of the day.’
  • 130) ‘When boys of their age were seen whiling away their time playing games and wasting their money on watching movies, it is commendable to see these students lending their helping hand to the starving people.’
  • 131) ‘These are the best places for whiling away lazy afternoons in amusing, light-hearted conversations with the often-quirky fellow hostel mates.’
  • 132) ‘I quite like the thought of it being written in a staff room by bored and bearded school teachers, puffing on pipes and whiling away dreary lunch breaks.’
  • 133) ‘Here you will find a number of great wee shops which are perfect for whiling away an afternoon browsing among the treasures.’
  • 134) ‘A movie seemed like a top idea, a way of hiding in the darkness of a lounge, whiling away the hours.’
  • 135) ‘After a summer whiled away drinking gin and tonic and reading books, I moved to Pittsburgh for lack of anything better to do.’
  • 136) ‘He infiltrates MI5 and prospers at the heart of the establishment, but in the end he is exposed as a spy and whiles away his final days sick, surrounded by empty gin bottles and memories, answering a young reporter's questions.’
  • 137) ‘When not in school, the troupe whiles away its time at Arnold's, the local drive-in diner.’
  • 138) ‘The 91-year-old from Stockport whiles away her spare time making woolly jumpers - for penguins.’
  • 139) ‘It is where the former snooker superstar, cocaine addict, failed car salesman and landscape gardener, now whiles away his hours.’
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