up to the time of; until: to fight till death.
before (used in negative constructions): He did not come till today.
to the time that or when; until.
before (used in negative constructions).
Other definitions for till (2 of 4)
to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.
to cultivate the soil.
- mis·tilled, adjective
- un·tilled, adjective
- un·till·ing, adjective
- well-tilled, adjective
Other definitions for till (3 of 4)
a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
an arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.
Other definitions for till (4 of 4)
Geology. glacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
a stiff clay.
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How to use till in a sentence
Still, the pandemic has divided the country into the haves and have-nots with the former still able to shop till they drop — except it’s their typing fingers that may get exhausted.
Tommy will be coaching this team till he takes his final breath.Tommy Heinsohn, a Celtics institution for more than a half-century, dies at 86 | Matt Bonesteel | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
That’s based in part on what happened in 2011, the last time Apple delayed the release of new models till October, when sales dropped 19% from the prior quarter.Delayed iPhone 12 sales could be a drag on Apple’s quarterly report | Aaron Pressman | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
Across the globe, people are exposed to lead in the water they drink, the air they breathe, the food they eat, the soil they till, and the ground on which they walk.Lead poisoning affects 1 in 3 kids worldwide—but it’s not too late to act | jakemeth | October 23, 2020 | Fortune
The company said it will spend more than $200 million on additional marketing to support its franchisees get tills ringing again.How the world’s biggest advertisers are spending (or not) as the pandemic grinds on | Lara O'Reilly | August 3, 2020 | Digiday
But the rivers, by cutting down and tilling up, have long since obliterated these water areas.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
In 1550 oxen were employed, for the first time, in tilling the ground in the valley of Cusco.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The tenant remained in possession of the land without the means of tilling it, which was opposed to public policy.Landholding In England | Joseph Fisher
He saw himself working in the flowers and tilling the vegetable garden.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
The Papuans are the first to change the digging-stick into the hoe, a useful implement in tilling the soil.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
British Dictionary definitions for till (1 of 4)
Also (not standard): 'til short for until
Scot to; towards
dialect in order that: come here till I tell you
British Dictionary definitions for till (2 of 4)
to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
another word for plough
- tillable, adjective
- tiller, noun
British Dictionary definitions for till (3 of 4)
a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
British Dictionary definitions for till (4 of 4)
an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
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Scientific definitions for till
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with till
In addition to the subsequent idioms beginning with till
- till all hours
- till hell freezes over
- till the cows come home
- hand in the till
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