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.
- 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.
- Whilst Protestant opponents put him in the list of atheists like Vanini, and the Catholics held him as dangerous as Luther or Calvin, there were zealous adherents who ventured to prove the theory of vortices in harmony with the book of Genesis.
- In later improvements the secondary circuit of this jigger was interrupted by a small condenser, and the terminals of the relay and local cell were connected to the plates of this condenser, whilst the sensitive tube was attached to the outer ends of the secondary circuit.