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TILL, n. A vetch; a tare. [Local.]


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TILL, n. A vetch; a tare. [Local.]


TILL, n.

A vetch; a tare. [Local.]

TILL, prep. [or adv. Sax. til, tille; Sw. and Dan. til; Sax. atillan, to reach or come to. This word in Sw. and Dan. as in Scottish, signifies to or at, and is the principal word used where we use to. The primary sense of the verb is expressed in the Saxon.]

  1. To the time or time of. I did not see the man till the last time he came; I waited for him till four o'clock; I will wait till next week. Till now, to the present time. I never heard of the fact till now. Till then, to that time. I never heard of the fact till then.
  2. It is used before verbs and sentences in a like sense, denoting to the time specified in the sentence or clause following. I will wait till you arrive. He said to them, occupy till I come. Luke xix. Certain Jews – bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Acts xxiii. Meditate so long till you make some act of prayer to God. Taylor. Note. In this use, till is not a conjunction; it does not connect sentences like and, or like or. It neither denotes union nor separation, nor an alternative. It has always the same office, except that it precedes a single word or a single sentence; the time to which it refers being in one case expressed by a single word, as now, or then, or time, with this, or that, &c. and in the other by a verb with its adjuncts; as, occupy till I come, that is, to I come. In the latter use, till is a preposition preceding a sentence, like against, in the phrase, against I come.

TILL, v.t. [Sax. tilian, tiligan, to work, to toil, to cultivate, to prepare; W. telu, to strain. In G. bestellen, from stellen, to set, to put in order, has the sense of tilling, cultivating. These words are doubtless of one family.]

  1. To labor; to cultivate; to plow and prepare for seed, and to dress crops. This word includes not only plowing, but harrowing, and whatever is done to prepare ground for a crop, and to keep it free from weeds. The Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken. Gen. iii.
  2. In the most general sense, to till may include every species of husbandry, and this may be its sense in Scripture.

  1. A vetch; a tare.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  2. A drawer.

    Specifically: (a)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

    Similar sentiments will recur to every one familiar with his writings -- all through them till the very end. Prof. Wilson.

    Till now, to the present time. -- Till then, to that time.

  5. 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 arrived. Macaulay.

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

  6. 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.

  7. To cultivate land.

    Piers Plowman.
  8. A kind of coarse, obdurate land.

  9. To prepare; to get.

    [Obs.] W. Browne.
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TILL, noun A vetch; a tare. [Local.]


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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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1. A dead human body embalmed and dried after the Egyptian manner; a name perhaps given to it from the substance used in preserving it. There are two kinds of mummies. The first are bodies dried by the heat of the sun. Such are found in the sands of Libya. The other kind is taken from the catacombs in Egypt.

2. The name of two substances prepared for medicinal use, which according to Hill are, the one, the dried flesh of human bodies embalmed with myrrh and spice; the other, a liquor running from such mummies when newly prepared, or when affected by great heat and damps. This is preserved in vials, and if suffered to dry, becomes solid. But it is alleged that the first sort consists of pieces of the flesh of executed criminals, or other flesh filled with bitumen and other ingredients. But see the opinion of Chardin, supra.

3. There are found in Poland natural mummies lying in caverns, supposed to be the remains of persons who in time of war took refuge in caves, but being discovered were suffocated by their enemies. These bodies are dried, with the flesh and skin shrunk almost close to the bones, and are of a blackish color.

4. Among gardeners, a sort of wax used in grafting and planting trees.

To beat to a mummy, to beat soundly, or to a senseless mass.

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