from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To prepare (land) for the raising of crops, as by plowing and harrowing; cultivate.
- prep. Until.
- conj. Until.
- n. A drawer, small chest, or compartment for money, as in a store.
- n. A supply of money; a purse.
- n. Glacial drift composed of an unconsolidated, heterogeneous mixture of clay, sand, pebbles, cobbles, and boulders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- prep. to
- prep. until, up to, as late as (a given time)
- conj. until, until the time that
- n. A cash register
- n. A removable box within a cash register containing the money
- n. The contents of a cash register, for example at the beginning or end of the day or of a cashier's shift
- v. to develop so as to improve or prepare for usage; to cultivate (said of knowledge, virtue, mind etc)
- v. to work or cultivate or plough (soil); to prepare for growing vegetation and crops
- v. to cultivate soil
- n. glacial drift consisting of a mixture of clay, sand, pebbles and boulders
- n. manure or other material used to fertilize land
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vetch; a tare.
- n. A tray or drawer in a chest.
- n. A money drawer in a shop or store.
- n. 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.
- n. A kind of coarse, obdurate land.
- prep. 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
- 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.
- transitive v. To plow and prepare for seed, and to sow, dress, raise crops from, etc., to cultivate.
- transitive v. To prepare; to get.
- intransitive v. To cultivate land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exert one's self for; labor for; procure by exertion; earn; gain; obtain; get.
- To attain; reach; extend.
- To labor on; work; cultivate: as, to till the soil.
- To set; prepare.
- To prop up.
- To; unto: expressing motion to a place or person.
- Up to; down to; as far as: expressing distance, extent, or degree.
- To; unto: expressing action directed to or having regard to a person.
- To; unto: expressing change or result.
- To the time of; until: as, I waited till five o'clock.
- To the time that; to the time when; until.
- To draw; pull; hence, to entice; allure.
- To draw; stretch; reach.
- n. A drawer; a tray, as of a trunk or box. Also called tiller.
- n. Specifically A money-drawer; a drawer under or in a shop-counter, in which money is kept.
- n. In printing: In earlier forms of hand printing-presses, a crosspiece extending between the main uprights of the frame, and serving to guide and steady the hose or sleeve, which contained the spindle and screws. Also called shelf.
- n. One of the spaces or cells between the ribbed projections of the platen of a hand-press.
- n. In geology, a stiff clay containing boulders of all sizes up to several tons in weight, and these often smoothed and striated by glacial action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
- n. unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together
- n. a treasury for government funds
- n. a strongbox for holding cash
Middle English tilen, from Old English tilian.
Middle English, from Old English til, from Old Norse.
Middle English tille.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English (Northumbrian) til, from Old Norse til. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English tillen "to draw" from Old English -tyllan (as in betyllan "to lure, decoy," and fortyllan "draw away;" related to tollian). Or alternatively from Anglo-Norman tylle "compartment" from Old French tille "compartment, shelter on a ship" from Old Norse þilja "plank." Cognate with Albanian ndjell ("I lure, attract"). (Wiktionary)
Old English tilian (Wiktionary)
Unknown, but possibly via etymology 3 (the verb) because alluvial deposit is used as a fertilizer. (Wiktionary)