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till 1

tr.v. tilled, till·ing, tills
To prepare (land) for the raising of crops, as by plowing and harrowing; cultivate.

[Middle English tillen, from Old English tilian.]

till′a·ble adj.

till 2


[Middle English, from Old English til, from Old Norse.]
Usage Note: Till and until are generally interchangeable in both writing and speech, though as the first word in a sentence until is usually preferred: Until you get that paper written, don't even think about going to the movies. · Till is actually the older word, with until having been formed by the addition to it of the prefix un-, meaning "up to." In the 1700s, the spelling 'till became fashionable, as if till were a shortened form of until. Although 'till is now nonstandard, 'til is sometimes used in this way and is considered acceptable, though it is etymologically incorrect.

till 3

1. A drawer, small chest, or compartment for money, as in a store.
2. A supply of money; a purse.

[Middle English tille.]

till 4

Glacial drift composed of an unconsolidated, heterogeneous mixture of clay, sand, pebbles, cobbles, and boulders.

[Origin unknown.]


(Agriculture) the act of tilling or ploughing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tilling - cultivation of the land in order to raise cropstilling - cultivation of the land in order to raise crops
cultivation - (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
ploughing, plowing - tilling the land with a plow; "he hired someone to do the plowing for him"
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A century of tilling the soil, destroying the organic matter, losing precious topsoil to erosion, and impacting soil quality make it challenging to implement a production system that attempts to restore the soil to its previous state.
No-till involves planting the new crop in the previous season's crop residue without tilling, thus curtailing erosion, replenishing organic matter, and reducing costs.