till

2
[ til ]
/ tɪl /
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verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to cultivate the soil.

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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British Dictionary definitions for tilling (1 of 4)

till

1
/ (tɪl) /

conjunction, preposition

Also (not standard): 'til short for until
Scot to; towards
dialect in order thatcome here till I tell you

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

British Dictionary definitions for tilling (2 of 4)

till

2
/ (tɪl) /

verb (tr)

to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
another word for plough
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

British Dictionary definitions for tilling (3 of 4)

till

3
/ (tɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for till

C15 tylle, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for tilling (4 of 4)

till

4
/ (tɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for till

C17: of unknown origin
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Science definitions for tilling

till

[ tĭl ]

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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