Origin of whilstMiddle English whilest, extended from whiles, whiles
Whilst is defined as while and refers to things going on at the same time as something else.
If you fall asleep as you are watching a movie, this is an example of a situation where you fall asleep whilst watching a movie.
Origin of whilstMiddle English whilest alteration of whiles whiles ; see whiles .
- (chiefly UK) While, at the same time.
- She didn't want to talk whilst I was there, figuring maybe the line was tapped or something.
- The mushroom is a semi-deliquescent fungus which rapidly falls into putridity in decay, whilst the champignon dries up into a leathery substance in the sun, but speedily revives and takes its original form again after the first shower.
- Cadmium sulphate, CdSO 4, is known in several hydrated forms; being deposited, on spontaneous evaporation of a concentrated aqueous solution, in the form of large monosymmetric crystals of composition 3CdSO 4.8H 2 O, whilst a boiling saturated solution, to which concentrated sulphuric acid has been added, deposits crystals of composition CdSO 4 4H 2 0.
- Starting from an observation of Marconi's, a number of interesting facts have been accumulated on the absorbing effect of sunlight on the propagation of long Hertzian waves through space, and on the disturbing effects of atmospheric electricity as well as upon the influence of earth curvature and obstacles of various kinds interposed in the line between the sending and transmitting stations.4 Electric wave telegraphy has revolutionized our means of communication from place to place on the surface of the earth, making it possible to communicate instantly and certainly between places separated by several thousand miles, whilst The Electrician, 1904, 5 2, p. 407, or German Pat.
- Observations have usually been limited to a portion of the year, or to a few hours of the day, whilst the results from different stations differ much in details.