Well vs. While

Well vs. While — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Well and While

Wellnoun

A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.

Whilenoun

A period of time

stay for a while.sang all the while. See Usage Note at awhile.

Wellnoun

A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.

Whilenoun

The time, effort, or trouble taken in doing something

The project wasn't worth my while.

Wellnoun

A place where water issues from the earth; a spring or fountain.

Whileconjunction

As long as; during the time that

It was lovely while it lasted.

Wellnoun

A mineral spring.

Whileconjunction

In spite of the fact that; although

While that guitar may look nice, it's not a very good instrument.

Wellnoun

wells A watering place; a spa.

Whileconjunction

And on the contrary

The soles are leather, while the uppers are canvas.

Wellnoun

An abundant source

a well of information.

Whileverb

To spend (time) idly or pleasantly

while the hours away.

Wellnoun

An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.

Whilenoun

An uncertain duration of time, a period of time.

He lectured for quite a long while.

Wellnoun

An enclosure in a ship's hold for the pumps.

Whileconjunction

During the same time that.

He was sleeping while I was singing.

Wellnoun

A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage

an anchor well.

Whileconjunction

Although.

This case, while interesting, is a bit frustrating.

Wellnoun

A part of a ship's weather deck enclosed between two watertight bulkheads.

Whileconjunction

Until.

I'll wait while you've finished painting.

Wellnoun

A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.

Whileconjunction

As long as.

While you're at school you may live at home.

Wellnoun

An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.

Whilepreposition

Until.

Wellnoun

Chiefly British The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judge's bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.

Whileverb

(transitive) To pass (time) idly.

Wellverb

To rise to the surface, ready to flow

Tears welled in my eyes.

Whileverb

To loiter.

Wellverb

To rise or surge from an inner source

Anger welled up in me.

Whilenoun

a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition;

he was here for a little whileI need to rest for a piecea spell of good weathera patch of bad weather

Wellverb

To pour forth.

Welladverb

In a good or proper manner

behaved well.

Welladverb

Skillfully or proficiently

dances well.

Welladverb

Satisfactorily or sufficiently

slept well.

Welladverb

Successfully or effectively

gets along well with people.

Welladverb

In a comfortable or affluent manner

lived well.

Welladverb

In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously

married well.

Welladverb

With reason or propriety; reasonably

can't very well say no.

Welladverb

In all likelihood; indeed

You may well need your umbrella.

Welladverb

In a prudent or sensible manner

You would do well to say nothing more.

Welladverb

In a close or familiar manner

knew them well.

Welladverb

In a favorable or approving manner

spoke well of them.

Welladverb

Thoroughly; completely

well cooked.cooked well.

Welladverb

Perfectly; clearly

I well understand your intentions.

Welladverb

To a suitable or appropriate degree

This product will answer your needs equally well.

Welladverb

To a considerable extent or degree

well over the estimate.

Welladverb

With care or attention

listened well.

Welladverb

Entirely; fully

well worth seeing.

Welladjective

In a satisfactory condition; right or proper

All is well.

Welladjective

Not ailing, infirm, or diseased; healthy.

Welladjective

Cured or healed, as a wound.

Welladjective

Of or characterized by the maintenance of good health practices. Often used in combination

a well-baby clinic.a well-child visit to the doctor.

Welladjective

Advisable; prudent

It would be well not to ask.

Welladjective

Fortunate; good

It is well that you stayed.

Wellinterjunction

Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.

Wellinterjunction

Used to express surprise.

Welladverb

(manner) Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.

He does his job well.

Welladverb

(manner) Completely, fully.

a well done steakWe’re well beat now.

Welladverb

(degree) To a significant degree.

That author is well known.

Welladverb

Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).

Welladverb

In a desirable manner; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.

Welladjective

In good health.

I had been sick, but now I'm well.

Welladjective

(hypercorrect) Good, content.

“How are you?” — “I'm well, thank you!”

Welladjective

(archaic) Prudent; good; well-advised.

Wellinterjection

Used to acknowledge a statement or situation.

“The car is broken.” “Well, we could walk to the movies instead.”“I didn't like the music.” “Well, I thought it was good.”“I forgot to pack the tent! Well, I guess we're sleeping under the stars tonight.”

Wellinterjection

An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.

Well, well, well, what do we have here?

Wellinterjection

An exclamation of indignance.

Well! There was no need to say that in front of my mother!

Wellinterjection

Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.

It was a bit... well... too loud.

Wellinterjection

Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause.

“So what have you been doing?” “Well, we went for a picnic, and then it started raining so we came home early.”

Wellinterjection

(Hiberno-English) Used as a greeting

Well lads. How's things?

Wellnoun

A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.

Wellnoun

A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.

Wellnoun

A small depression suitable for holding liquid or other objects.

Make a well in the dough mixture and pour in the milk.

Wellnoun

(figurative) A source of supply.

Wellnoun

(nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.

Wellnoun

(nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.

Wellnoun

(nautical) A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water to keep fish alive while they are transported to market.

Wellnoun

(nautical) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.

Wellnoun

(military) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.

Wellnoun

(architecture) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.

Wellnoun

The open space between the bench and the counsel tables in a courtroom.

Wellnoun

(metalworking) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.

Wellnoun

A well drink.

They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.

Wellnoun

(video games) The playfield of Tetris and similar video games, into which the blocks fall.

Wellnoun

(biology) In a microtiter plate, each of the small equal circular or square sections which serve as test tubes.

Wellverb

(intransitive) To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

Wellverb

(intransitive) To have something seep out of the surface.

Her eyes welled with tears.

Wellnoun

a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

Wellnoun

a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

Wellnoun

an abundant source;

she was a well of information

Wellnoun

an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

Wellnoun

an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps

Wellverb

come up;

Tears well in her eyes

Welladjective

in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury;

appears to be entirely wellthe wound is nearly wella well manI think I'm well; at least I feel well

Welladjective

resulting favorably;

its a good thing that I wasn't thereit is good that you stayedit is well that no one saw youall's well that ends well

Welladjective

wise or advantageous and hence advisable;

it would be well to start early

Welladverb

(often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');

the children behaved wella task well donethe party went wellhe slept wella well-argued thesisa well-planned partythe baby can walk pretty good

Welladverb

thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form;

The problem is well understoodshe was well informedshake well before usingin order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cookedwell-done beefwell-satisfied customerswell-educated

Welladverb

indicating high probability; in all likelihood;

I might well do ita mistake that could easily have ended in disasteryou may well need your umbrellahe could equally well be trying to deceive us

Welladverb

(used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully;

a book well worth readingwas well aware of the difficulties aheadsuspected only too well what might be going on

Welladverb

to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree;

the project was well underwaythe fetus has well developed organshis father was well pleased with his grades

Welladverb

favorably; with approval;

their neighbors spoke well of themhe thought well of the book

Welladverb

to a great extent or degree;

I'm afraid the film was well over budgetpainting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) largerthe house has fallen considerably in valuethe price went up substantially

Welladverb

with great or especially intimate knowledge;

we knew them well

Welladverb

with prudence or propriety;

You would do well to say nothing morecould not well refuse

Welladverb

with skill or in a pleasing manner;

she dances wellhe writes well

Welladverb

in a manner affording benefit or advantage;

she married wellThe children were settled advantageously in Seattle

Welladverb

in financial comfort;

They live wellshe has been able to live comfortably since her husband died

Welladverb

without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor;

took the joke welltook the tragic news well