Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a strongbox for holding cash
  2. (noun, possession) a treasury for government funds
  3. (noun, substance) unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together
  4. (verb, creation) work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation

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Alternate forms of Till

Derivations: till, tillage, tiller, tilling

Hyponyms: cash register, hoe, plough, plow, register, turn

Hypernyms: deedbox, dirt, exchequer, process, soil, strongbox, treasury, work, work on

Origin of the word Till

  1. "until," O.E. til (Northumbrian), from O.N. til "to, until," from P.Gmc. *tilan (cf. Dan. til, O.Fris. til "to, till," Goth. tils "convenient," Ger. Ziel "limit, end, goal"). A common preposition in Scand., probably originally the accusative case of a noun now lost except for Icelandic tili "scope," the noun used to expres… more
  2. "cultivate (land)" (early 13c.), "plow" (late 14c.), from O.E. tilian "tend, work at, get by labor," originally "strive after," related to till "fixed point, goal," and til "good, suitable," from P.Gmc. *tilojanan (cf. O.Fris. tilia "to get, cultivate," O.S. tilian "to obtain," M.Du., Du. telen "to breed, raise, cultivate, cause,… more
  3. "cashbox," 1452, from Anglo-Fr. tylle "compartment," O.Fr. tille "compartment, shelter on a ship," probably from O.N. ?ilja "plank, floorboard," from P.Gmc. *theljon. The other theory is that the word is from M.E. tillen "to draw," from O.E. -tyllan (see toll (v.)), with a sense evolution as in drawer (see draw). more

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