Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Passing; temporal; temporary; not lasting; not permanent; transient; transitory; not eternal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Passing; transient; transitory. Compare while, intransitive verb

Etymologies

From Middle English whilende, from Old English hwīlende, hwīlwende ("transitory, temporary, temporal"), from hwīl ("time, while") + -wende ("moving, going about, turning", suffix), equivalent to while +‎ wending. (Wiktionary)

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