- to cultivate the soil.
Origin of till2
Examples from the Web for tilling
The profession of advocate had terrified him, and he shuddered at the idea of tilling the soil.Therese Raquin
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
- Also (not standard): 'til short for until
- Scot to; towards
- dialect in order thatcome here till I tell you
- to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
- another word for plough
- a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
- an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
Word Origin and History for tilling
"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.).
"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.
"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).
- 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.