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meanwhile

[meen-hwahyl, -wahyl]
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noun
  1. meantime.
adverb
  1. in the intervening time; during the interval.
  2. at the same time: Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying themselves.

Origin of meanwhile

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mean3, while
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  • Ben Haley meanwhile was rapidly stripping the chicken of its feathers.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Meanwhile, Halbert Davis had passed an uncomfortable and restless night.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The men from the farmhouse had meanwhile come down with ropes.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for meanwhile

meanwhile

adverb
  1. during the intervening time or period
  2. at the same time, esp in another place
noun
  1. another word for meantime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for meanwhile

n.

also mean while, mid-14c., from mean (adj.2) "middle, intermediate" + while (n.). Late 14c. as an adverb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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