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At whiles Explained

At whiles at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

While \While\, n. [AS. hw[=i]l; akin to OS. hw[=i]l, hw[=i]la,
OFries. hw[=i]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. w[=i]la, hw[=i]la,
hw[=i]l, Icel. hv[=i]la a bed, hv[=i]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan.
hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet,
and perhaps to Gr. ? the proper time of season. [root]20. Cf.
{Quiet}, {Whilom}.]
1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a
time; as, one while we thought him innocent. ``All this
while.'' --Shak.

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.