Hypertext Webster Gateway: "till"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, v. i.
To cultivate land. --Piers Plowman.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, n. [Abbrev. from lentil.]
A vetch; a tare. [Prov. Eng.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, n. [Properly, a drawer, from OE. tillen to draw.
See {Tiller} the lever of a rudder.]
A drawer. Specifically:
(a) A tray or drawer in a chest.
(b) A money drawer in a shop or store.

{Till alarm}, a device for sounding an alarm when a money
drawer is opened or tampered with.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, conj.
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.

Mediate so long till you make some act of prayer to
God. --Jer. Taylor.

There was no outbreak till the regiment arrived.

Note: This use may be explained by supposing an ellipsis of
when, or the time when, the proper conjunction or
conjunctive adverb begin when.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, n.
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tilled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Tilling}.] [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..]
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Till \Till\, prep. [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.]
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.

{Till now}, to the present time.

{Till then}, to that time.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand
and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together [syn: {boulder
2: a treasury for government funds [syn: {public treasury}, {trough}]
3: a strongbox for holding cash [syn: {cashbox}, {money box}]
v : work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order
to make it ready for cultivation; "till the soil"

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