The intervening time.
- During or in the intervening time: Meanwhile, life goes on.
- At the same time: The court is deliberating; meanwhile, we must be patient.
- The time between two events.
From Middle English. Adverb is by ellipsis from in the mean while, noun being conventionally written as one word after the adverb.
Variant of meantime
- in or during the intervening time
- at the same time
the intervening time
Also, and for meantime now usually, meanwhile