Definitions for TILLtɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. up to the time of; until:

    to fight till death.

  2. before (used in negative constructions):

    They didn't come till today.

  3. before; to:

    My watch says ten till four.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Dialect

  4. Chiefly Scot. to.

    Category: Scottish

  5. Category: Function Word

    Ref: until

* Usage: till and until are both very old in the language and are interchangeable as both prepositions and conjunctions: It rained till (or until) nearly midnight. The savannah remained brown until (or till) the rains began.till is not a shortened form of until and is not spelled 'till.'til is usu. considered a spelling error, though commonly used in business and advertising: Open 'til ten.

Origin of till:

bef. 900; ME; OE (north) til < ON til to, akin to OE till fixed point, OHG zil goal, Go til opportunity. Cf. till2


  1. to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.

    Category: Agriculture

  2. (v.i.)to cultivate the soil.

    Category: Agriculture

Origin of till:

bef. 900; ME tilen, OE tilian to strive after, get, till; c. OFris tilia to cultivate, OS tilian to attain, OHG zilēn, zilōn to hasten; akin to till1


  1. a drawer, box, or the like, in which money is kept, as in a shop.

  2. a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet, chest, or desk, for keeping valuables.

    Category: Furniture

Origin of till:

1425–75; late ME tylle < AF, of uncert. orig.


  1. glacial drift consisting of an unsorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.

    Category: Geology

Origin of till:

1665–75; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. till, boulder clay(noun)

    unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together

  2. public treasury, trough, till(noun)

    a treasury for government funds

  3. cashbox, money box, till(verb)

    a strongbox for holding cash

  4. till(verb)

    work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation

    "till the soil"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tillɪl


    We stayed till the end.

  2. tillɪl

    a cash register

Webster Dictionary

  1. Till(noun)

    a vetch; a tare

  2. Till(noun)

    a drawer

  3. Till(noun)

    a tray or drawer in a chest

  4. Till(noun)

    a money drawer in a shop or store

  5. Till(noun)

    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

  6. Till(noun)

    a kind of coarse, obdurate land

  7. Till(verb)

    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

  8. Till

    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

  9. Till

    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

  10. Till

    to prepare; to get

  11. Till(verb)

    to cultivate land


  1. Till

    Till or glacial till is unsorted glacial sediment. Glacial drift is a general term for the coarsely graded and extremely heterogeneous sediments of glacial origin. Glacial till is that part of glacial drift which was deposited directly by the glacier. Its content may vary from clays to mixtures of clay, sand, gravel and boulders. This material is mostly derived from the subglacial erosion and entrainment by the moving ice of the glaciers of previously available unconsolidated sediments. Bedrock can also be eroded through the action of glacial plucking and abrasion and the resulting clasts of various sizes will be incorporated to the glacier's bed. Eventually, the sedimentary assemblage forming this bed will be abandoned some distance down-ice from its various sources. This is the process of glacial till deposition. When this deposition occurs at the base of the moving ice of a glacier, the sediment is called lodgement till. Rarely, eroded unconsolidated sediments can be preserved in the till along with their original sedimentary structures. More commonly, these sediments lose their original structure through the mixture processes associated to the subglacial transport and they solely contribute to form the more or less uniform matrix of the till.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TILL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4760

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TILL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #678

Anagrams of TILL

  1. Itll

  2. Lilt

Translations for TILL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to the time of or when

I'll wait till six o'clock; Go on till you reach the station.

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