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till

1

[ til ]

preposition

  1. up to the time of; until:

    to fight till death.

  2. before (used in negative constructions):

    He did not come till today.

  3. near or at a specified time:

    till evening.

  4. Chiefly Midland, Southern, and Western U.S. before; to:

    It's ten till four on my watch.

  5. Scot. and North England.


conjunction

  1. to the time that or when; until.
  2. before (used in negative constructions).

till

2

[ til ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.
  2. to plow.

verb (used without object)

  1. to cultivate the soil.

till

3

[ til ]

noun

  1. a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
  2. a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
  3. an arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.

till

4

[ til ]

noun

  1. Geology. glacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
  2. a stiff clay.

till

1

/ tɪl /

noun

  1. an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay


till

2

/ tɪl /

verb

  1. to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
  2. See plough
    another word for plough

till

3

/ tɪl /

noun

  1. a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register

till

4

/ tɪl /

conjunction

  1. See until
    Also (not standard)'til short for until
  2. to; towards
  3. dialect.
    in order that

    come here till I tell you

till

/ tĭl /

  1. An unstratified, unconsolidated mass of boulders, pebbles, sand, and mud deposited by the movement or melting of a glacier. The size and shape of the sediments that constitute till vary widely.


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Usage

Till is a variant of until that is acceptable at all levels of language. Until is, however, often preferred at the beginning of a sentence in formal writing: until his behaviour improves, he cannot become a member

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Confusables Note

Till1 and until are both old in the language and are interchangeable as both prepositions and conjunctions: It rained till (or until ) nearly midnight. The savannah remained brown and lifeless until (or till ) the rains began. Till is not a shortened form of until and is not spelled 'till. 'Til is usually considered a spelling error, though widely used in advertising: Open 'til ten.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtillable, adjective
  • ˈtiller, noun

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Other Words From

  • mis·tilled adjective
  • un·tilled adjective
  • un·tilling adjective
  • well-tilled adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of till1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English (north) til “to,” from Old Norse til “to,” akin to Old English till “station, fixed point, standing-place” German Ziel “goal”

Origin of till2

First recorded before 900; Middle English tilen, Old English tilian “to strive after, get, till”; cognate with Dutch telen “to breed, cultivate,” German zielen “to aim at”

Origin of till3

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English tylle, noun use of tylle “to draw, attract,” Old English -tyllan (in fortyllan “to seduce”); akin to Latin dolus “trick,” Greek dólos “bait (for fish); any cunning contrivance; treachery”

Origin of till4

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain

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Word History and Origins

Origin of till1

C17: of unknown origin

Origin of till2

Old English tilian to try, obtain; related to Old Frisian tilia to obtain, Old Saxon tilōn to obtain, Old High German zilōn to hasten towards

Origin of till3

C15 tylle, of obscure origin

Origin of till4

Old English til; related to Old Norse til to, Old High German zil goal, aim

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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the subsequent idioms beginning with till , also see hand in the till ; until .

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Example Sentences

The Abundant Table is also collaborating with the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit focused on organic farming, to set up a U-pick, no-till pumpkin patch.

From Eater

However, in place of the visor, the helmet had a brim projecting from the base to fit around the head and attachable ear guards that extended till the jaw.

Moz is providing its Academy Courses for Free till May 31st.

Now interestingly, in spite of Ostia’s presumed colonia status, the city was governed from Rome, at least till 63 BC.

Her parents tilled the ground, but she was in charge of all else.

Up till then I was just a dog-assed heavy, one of the posse.

Called by the hoity toity term of nasal insufflation, this method was used by some in Asia till a few hundred years ago.

He believed till the end his country would come and get them.

If boys agree to marry only when they are 21, then young girls will not get proposals from them till they are of the legal age.

Shirley Sotloff sounded as much a loving mom as was Mamie Till Bradley.

All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.

His parents were peasants and he wrought as a day laborer till he attracted attention.

To fill up the time till Liszt came, our hostess made us play, one after the other, beginning with the latest arrival.

If it took years to do it, you shall never stir out of this house till it is done.

He thrust the Cardinal's mantle into it, and stood over the smouldering cloth, till the whole was consumed to ashes.

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