from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The intervening time.
  • adv. During or in the intervening time: Meanwhile, life goes on.
  • adv. At the same time: The court is deliberating; meanwhile, we must be patient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The time between two events
  • adv. During the time (that something is happening).
  • adv. At the same time, but elsewhere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as meantime.
  • n. Same as meantime: only in the phrase in the meanwhile: two words, written as one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at the same time but in another place
  • adv. during the intervening time
  • n. the time between one event, process, or period and another


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From Middle English. Adverb is by ellipsis from in the mean while, noun being conventionally written as one word after the adverb.



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