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till Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together
    boulder clay.
  2. noun a treasury for government funds
    trough; public treasury.
  3. noun a strongbox for holding cash
    money box; cashbox.
  4. verb work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
    • till the soil

Till noun
Abbrev. from lentil.
  1. A vetch; a tare. Prov. Eng.
Till noun
Properly, a drawer, from OE. tillen to draw. See Tiller the lever of a rudder.
  1. A drawer. Specifically: (a) A tray or drawer in a chest. (b) A money drawer in a shop or store.
Till noun
  1. (Geol.) A deposit of clay, sand, and gravel, without lamination, formed in a glacier valley by means of the waters derived from the melting glaciers; -- sometimes applied to alluvium of an upper river terrace, when not laminated, and appearing as if formed in the same manner.
  2. A kind of coarse, obdurate land. Loudon.
Till preposition
OE. til, Icel. til; akin to Dan. til, Sw. till, OFries. til, also to AS. til good, excellent, G. ziel end, limit, object, OHG. zil, Goth. tils, gatils, fit, convenient, and E. till to cultivate. See Till, v. t.
  1. To; unto; up to; as far as; until; -- now used only in respect to time, but formerly, also, of place, degree, etc., and still so used in Scotland and in parts of England and Ireland; as, I worked till four o'clock; I will wait till next week.
    He . . . came till an house. Chaucer.
    Women, up till this Cramped under worse than South-sea-isle taboo. Tennyson.
    Similar sentiments will recur to every one familiar with his writings -- all through them till the very end. Prof. Wilson.
Till conjunction
  1. As far as; up to the place or degree that; especially, up to the time that; that is, to the time specified in the sentence or clause following; until.
    And said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke xix. 13.
    Mediate so long till you make some act of prayer to God. Jer. Taylor.
    There was no outbreak till the regiment arrived. Macaulay.
    ✍ This use may be explained by supposing an ellipsis of when, or the time when, the proper conjunction or conjunctive adverb begin when.
Till transitive verb
OE. tilen, tilien, AS. tilian, teolian, to aim, strive for, till; akin to OS. tilian to get, D. telen to propagate, G. zielen to aim, ziel an end, object, and perhaps also to E. tide, time, from the idea of something fixed or definite. Cf. Teal, Till, prep..
imperfect & past participle Tilled ; present participle & verbal noun Tilling
  1. To plow and prepare for seed, and to sow, dress, raise crops from, etc., to cultivate; as, to till the earth, a field, a farm.
    No field nolde [would not] tilye. P. Plowman.
    the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Gen. iii. 23.
  2. To prepare; to get. Obs. W. Browne.
Till intransitive verb
  1. To cultivate land. Piers Plowman.

Webster 1913