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
Till alarm, a device for sounding an alarm when a
money drawer is opened or tampered with.
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.
Women, up till this
Cramped under worse than South-sea-isle taboo.
Similar sentiments will recur to every one familiar with his
writings -- all through them till the very end.
Till now, to the present time. --
Till then, to that time.
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. 13.
Mediate so long till you make some act of prayer to
God. Jer. Taylor.
There was no outbreak till the regiment
☞ This use may be explained by supposing an ellipsis of
when, or the time when, the proper conjunction or conjunctive
adverb begin when.
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.
the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to
till the ground from whence he was taken. Gen. iii.
2. To prepare; to get. [Obs.] W.
Till, v. i. To cultivate land.
Till (?), n. [Abbrev. from lentil.]
A vetch; a tare. [Prov. Eng.]
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.