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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to cultivate the soil.
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Origin of till

2
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
Related formsmis·tilled, adjectiveun·tilled, adjectiveun·till·ing, adjectivewell-tilled, adjective
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Related Words for tilling

box, safe, kitty, treasury, vault, tray, plow, prepare, farm, mulch, work, plant, turn, dig, sow, labor, grow, tend, dress, harrow

Examples from the Web for tilling

Historical Examples of tilling

  • The profession of advocate had terrified him, and he shuddered at the idea of tilling the soil.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Up to forty years of age a man is sowing and tilling, and after forty he reaps.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • He saw himself working in the flowers and tilling the vegetable garden.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • From this give a reason for tilling soil, for rolling after seeding.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Nothing man did seemed more interesting than this tilling and sowing.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson


British Dictionary definitions for tilling

till

1
conjunction, preposition
  1. Also (not standard): 'til short for until
  2. Scot to; towards
  3. dialect in order thatcome here till I tell you
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Word Origin for till

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

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

till

2
verb (tr)
  1. to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
  2. another word for plough
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Derived Formstillable, adjectivetiller, noun

Word Origin for till

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

till

3
noun
  1. a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
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Word Origin for till

C15 tylle, of obscure origin

till

4
noun
  1. an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
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Word Origin for till

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tilling

till

prep.

"until," Old English til (Northumbrian), from Old Norse til "to, until," from Proto-Germanic *tilan (cf. Danish til, Old Frisian til "to, till," Gothic tils "convenient," German Ziel "limit, end, goal"). A common preposition in Scandinavian, probably originally the accusative case of a noun now lost except for Icelandic tili "scope," the noun used to express aim, direction, purpose (e.g. aldrtili "death," literally "end of life"). Also cf. German Ziel "end, limit, point aimed at, goal," and compare till (v.).

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till

v.

"cultivate (land)" (early 13c.), "plow" (late 14c.), from Old English tilian "tend, work at, get by labor," originally "strive after," related to till "fixed point, goal," and til "good, suitable," from Proto-Germanic *tilojanan (cf. Old Frisian tilia "to get, cultivate," Old Saxon tilian "to obtain," Middle Dutch, Dutch telen "to breed, raise, cultivate, cause," Old High German zilon "to strive," German zielen "to aim, strive"), from source of till (prep.). Related: Tilled; tilling.

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till

n.

"cashbox," mid-15c., from Anglo-French tylle "compartment," Old French tille "compartment, shelter on a ship," probably from Old Norse þilja "plank, floorboard," from Proto-Germanic *theljon. The other theory is that the word is from Middle English tillen "to draw," from Old English -tyllan (see toll (v.)), with a sense evolution as in drawer (see draw).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tilling in Science

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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Idioms and Phrases with tilling

till

In addition to the subsequent idioms beginning with till

  • till all hours
  • till hell freezes over
  • till the cows come home

also see:

  • hand in the till
  • until
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