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Worth while

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Worth while See under While n.
    • Worth while worth the time which it requires; worth the time and pains; hence, worth the expense; as, it is not always worth while for a man to prosecute for small debts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Worth while worth the trouble and time taken
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”
  • Napoleon Hill
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    “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Do not undervalue the headache. While it is at its sharpest it seems a bad investment; but when relief begins, the unexpired remainder is worth $4 a minute.”
  • Wilbur D. Nesbit
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    “The thing that goes the farthest towards making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwíl; Goth. hweila, Ger. weile.

Usage

In literature:

That would be accomplishing a career worth while.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
And of course I expect to make it worth while for the young lady.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
It seems born in us to ask, 'Is it worth while?
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
It may be worth while to analyse both very briefly.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
So far as money value was considered, there was nothing here worth while.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
It is well worth while to be present at these times.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Some day I may deem it worth while to claim my own; until then you can be my caretaker, my tenant.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Diana alone crossed swords with him, and though perhaps he did not know it, it was no small thing that she thought it worth while.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
It never seemed worth while to take much trouble for the men there.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
He thought it might be worth while.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
I'm never dull when it's worth while taking any trouble.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
Such a short time to witness, was it worth while?
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Why don't you get into something worth while?
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
If a thing is worth while, the proper means must be provided.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
In their case it is clearly not worth while.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
That's something worth while.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Ina didn't think it worth while to apologize for her rudeness.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
Isn't it worth while to try and get all our people to sing them instead of singing English music-hall stuff?...
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
No man finds pleasure in trivial and useless labor, but all normal men find pleasure and exhilaration in labor that is worth while.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
Not alone because of their surprising nature, but because his own work had never before appeared so worth while.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
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In poetry:

Half the night he longed to die,
Now are sown on hill and plain
Pleasures worth his while to try
Ere he longs to die again.
"XVI: Spring Morning" by A E Housman
To feel a baby's clinging hand,
To watch a mother's smile;
To dwell once more in fairyland--
These are the things worth while.
"Things Worth While." by Edwin Carty Ranck
While now I take my last Adieu,
Heave Thou no Sigh, nor shed a Tear;
Lest yet my half-clos'd Eye may view
On Earth an Object worth it's Care.
"Answer To Cloe Jealous. The Author Sick" by Matthew Prior
She died — deserving to be mourn'd,
While parted worth a pang can give.
She died — by Heaven's best gifts adorn'd,
While folly, falsehood, baseness, live.
"On The Death Of A Sister" by James Grahame
He has gone to his grave in the strength of youth,
While life shone bright before him;
And we, who remember his worth and truth,
Stand vainly grieving o'er him.
"In Memoriam G. A. P." by E W Bowling
We bring thee hearts that while life's pulses beat
Shall throb with love and pride, regret and shame;
Love of thy worth, pride in thy genius great,
Regret that Death, not Life, gave world-wide fame.
"Centenary Poem" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

If you have the time it's well worth your while.
It took a while but the effort was worth the wait.
Marqise Lee catches a conference-record 345 yards worth of passes while watching USC drop everything else.
While they might take a little time to get to, they are definitely worth it.
But it's worth your while anyway.
Six dishes that are worth your while.
If you've never been to Hart 's Nursery, it's worth your while to stop by and see what we've got to offer.
Texting while driving not worth risk.
FORT WORTH _ A 70-year-old woman with two driving while intoxicated convictions now faces a third after police say she hit a city marshal 's patrol unit head-on Wednesday night.
While some people might see that as just another health awareness piece, it's worth noting that your heart isn't just another organ.
Great eats are a given, but live music from Suzanna Choffel, Tameca Jones, and Sara Overall make it even more worth your while.
THIS provides students with the opportunity to work in all area of state government while earning a full semester 's worth of credits.
With about a month's worth of experience on a news/talk radio station under my belt, some things come as no surprise while others.
It's not pretty, but worth thinking about while we can.
While a mother sang to her terrified children, tornadoes that smashed through western Connecticut last July did $125 million worth of damage and killed two persons.
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In science:

It is also worth mentioning that other authors have recently discussed OAM modes from the perspective of MIMO communications, thereby supporting the approach followed here while providing different but complementary information.
Comment on 'Encoding many channels on the same frequency through radio vorticity: first experimental test'
While we will not need it, it is worth mentioning that, under E[X ] → 0, substantially more holds true.
The Satisfiability Threshold for k-XORSAT
Second, it would be interesting to see whether there are examples of substitution sequences which give rise to point spectrum. A candidate is here the Rudin-Shapiro sequence and it is well worth-while to study it more thoroughly.
Remarks on the Spectral Properties of Tight Binding and Kronig-Penney Models with Substitution Sequences
It is worth emphasizing that while ˆµ restricts to a link invariant, the link invariant is not enough to determine ˆµ.
Knots and Quantum Gravity: Progress and Prospects
It is worth noting that, while this correction has a substantial effect on ΩHI, especially at z ∼ 1, it does not entail large numbers of “missing” quasars (only ∼20% at z = 2 and ∼40% at z = 4).
A Global Perspective on Star Formation
Despite these caveats, it is this author’s opinion that it is still very much worth studying these theories, since we can hope to discover some generic features of such vacua while we continue working to rigorously justify our actions via a full string theory description.
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications
While local tests are beyond the scope of this discussion (see Will 2005), it is worth noting that astrophysical tests need to be thought of in a broader framework that includes lab and solar system tests.
Designing Surveys for Tests of Gravity
While our local astrophysical tests are more powerful for chameleon theories, it is worth noting that more generally any probe of gravity in a distinct regime of length scale and redshift is valuable – in that sense the local tests are complementary to cosmological tests.
Astrophysical Tests of Modified Gravity: Constraints from Distance Indicators in the Nearby Universe
While such a work remains unfinished, it is difficult to judge its ultimate worth.
What can we learn from the study of non-perturbative quantum general relativity?
While we await for more calculations, it is worth exploring additional consequences of this scenario.
QCD Tests in Proton-Antiproton Collisions
It is also worth while to mention that the authors of Ref. 88 advocate the conclusion that the HT contributions to the Ellis-Jaffe SR might be even more important than the ones to the polarized Bjorken SR.
Radiative QCD Corrections: A Personal Outlook
From an applications perspective, it is worth noting that KBMT is generally viewed only as an aid to document translation, while NLG can be used to improve productivity throughout the document creation process.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
It is worth noting that the BPS algebras associated to Narain compactifications of heterotic string are certainly duality invariant, since they are defined in terms of the physical S-matrix, while the massless subalgebras are always the unbroken gauge algebras at all points on Narain moduli space.
String duality, automorphic forms, and generalized Kac-Moody algebras
It is worth discussing how the Monte Carlo simulation manages to reproduce the main features of the expected behaviour of the model once µ 6= 0, while similar simulations of QCD with quarks and conjugate quarks fail dramatically .
Lattice Simulation of Diquark Condensation in Dense Matter
We will not be able to answer the real questions concerning those tilings relevant for quasicrystals, but we still think that the results derived below are a worth-while first step.
Diffraction of random tilings: some rigorous results
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