—n. 1. a period or interval of time: to wait a long while; He arrived a short while ago. 2. Archaic.a particular time or occasion.
3. all the while, at or during this time; all along: She realized all the while that the cake would fall. 4. worth one's while, worth one's time, trouble, or expense: The art exhibition that opened yesterday isn't worth your while.
—conj. 1. during or in the time that.
2. throughout the time that; as long as.
3. even though; although: While she appreciated the honor, she could not accept the position. 4. at the same time that (showing an analogous or corresponding action): The floor was strewn with books, while magazines covered the tables.
—v.t. to cause (time) to pass, esp. in some easy or pleasant manner (usually fol. by away).