noun: while; plural noun: whiles; noun: the while
a period of time.
“we chatted for a while”
for some time.
noun: a while
“can I keep it a while?”
at the same time; meanwhile.
“he starts to draw, talking the while”
during the time that; at the same time as.
“nothing much changed while he was away”
whereas (indicating a contrast).
“one person wants out, while the other wants the relationship to continue”
in spite of the fact that; although.
“while I wouldn’t recommend a nighttime visit, by day the area is full of interest”
verb: while; 3rd person present: whiles; past tense: whiled; past participle: whiled; gerund or present participle: whiling
pass time in a leisurely manner.
“a diversion to while away the long afternoons”