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Alas the while

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Alas the while (in old writers), ah! unhappy day, or time
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ha las, a las (mod. Fr. hélas); ha! and las, lasse, wretched, weary—L. lassus, wearied.

Usage

In literature:

While Marius had been dreaming with his head pressed to the tree, an idea had crossed his mind; an idea, alas!
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Alas, you earnestly seek God in the blue sky, while forgetting Him altogether in your hearts.
"Religions of Ancient China" by Herbert A. Giles
Alas for him who builds on the frame of mind that delights in cheap rhetoric while Rome is afire!
"Abraham Lincoln and the Union" by Nathaniel W. Stephenson
While the struggle went on her tender face was brave; but, alas!
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
Alas, it was too true, that Saguntum was perishing while the higgling went on at Rome.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
And soon, by a clump of the stay-a-while bush, we discovered, alas!
"Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Slaughtered or retreating in despondence being crushed the while, loud cries, O Bharata, of oh and alas arose among the troops of the Pandavas.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
And my feet, all the while, are very much upon the floor, alas!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And all the while that this was doing they maintained their fire upon us with the most ferocious energy, and alas!
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
The rose in your nosegay was very beautiful a little while ago; but alas!
"A Week of Instruction and Amusement," by Mrs. Harley
That of the Sun Maid was pale, indeed, with the excitement of this mad ride, but showed no fear; while Gaspar's, alas!
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
Alas in a little while longer the end will be here indeed!
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
The weather had changed, the frost was gone, and the night was hot and murky, while rain was falling, as alone, now, alas!
"In the Day of Adversity" by John Bloundelle-Burton
But alas, while he was still a child, a terrible plague swept over the country, and his father and mother died, leaving him quite alone.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
While the struggle went on her tender face was brave; but alas!
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
But alas, while he was still a child, a terrible plague swept over the country, and his father and mother died, leaving him quite alone.
"In God's Garden" by Amy Steedman
Alas, in life's long lingering effort she Now in the mean while dies.
"The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume II (of 2)" by Richard Crashaw
Alas, while she clung to him her horse floundered out of the stream, and trotted after its fellow.
"The Abbess Of Vlaye" by Stanley J. Weyman
Alas, the men still hesitated, and while they stood staring the coach came up.
"Sophia" by Stanley J. Weyman
There would be doubt and anxiety while the inquiry was in progress, and, alas!
"A Rich Man's Relatives (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Robert Cleland
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In poetry:

Alas! but like a summer's dream
All the delight I felt appears,
While mis'ry's weeping moments seem
A ling'ring age of tears.
"The Lover" by Sir John Carr
But, alas! I still must sorrow,
While I think I still must sigh;
A cruel blight may, ere the morrow,
Bid my lovely rose-bud die.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
'Beggars now, alas! wha lately
Helpt the beggar and the poor!'
'Enter!' quo' the youth fu' sweetly,
While up flew the open door.
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
While She beheld, as in a glass,
The Light Divine, that I but sought
Sight of her soul?-Alas! Alas!
Love is yet blinder than I thought.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
While Frances too enjoy'd the sight,
Where moving figures all combine
To raise her wonder and delight,
She hears, alas! the clock strike nine.
"Frances Keeps Her Promise" by Adelaide O Keeffe
Long while, alas, she would not yield,
But it was she that rul'd the roost;
Until by proof, she did confess,
If he were gone, her joy was lost.
"A Sweet Contention Between Love, His Mistress, And Beauty" by Nicholas Breton

In news:

Alas, while Windows 7 lets you pin programs and individual files to the Taskbar, it doesn't let you pin folders .
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In science:

For instance for GaAs/AlAs structures with sufficiently narrow GaAs layer, the holes are still confined in the GaAs layer, while the electrons are in the AlAs layer (the so-called type II quantum wells).
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells
For a GaAs slab of thickness LW embedded in AlAs for instance, if LW is sufficiently small, the electron is located in the AlAs layer while the hole is still confined in the the GaAs one.
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells
Alas, while the joint distribution of h12, h13 is available, the joint distribution of {hij }1≤i
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
Alas, while the joint distribution of h12, h13 is available, the joint distribution of {hij }1≤i
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
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