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TILL'ER, n. A money box in a shop; a drawer.

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TILL'ER, n. A money box in a shop; a drawer.


  1. One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman.
  2. The bar or lever employed to turn the rudder of a ship.
  3. A small drawer; a till.
  4. Among farmers, the shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; also, the sprout or young tree that springs from the root or stump.
  5. A young timber tree. [Local.]

TILL'ER, v.i.

To put forth new shoots from the root, or round the bottom of the original stalk; as, we say, wheat or rye tillers; it spreads by tillering. The common orthography is tiller. Sir Joseph Banks writes it tillow.

  1. One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman.
  2. A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sucker.

  3. To put forth new shoots from the root, or round the bottom of the original stalk] as, wheat or rye tillers; some spread plants by tillering.

    [Sometimes written tillow.]
  4. A lever of wood or metal fitted to the rudder head and used for turning side to side in steering. In small boats hand power is used; in large vessels, the tiller is moved by means of mechanical appliances. See Illust. of Rudder. Cf. 2d Helm, 1.
  5. A young timber tree.

    [Prov. Eng.] Evelyn.
  6. The stalk, or handle, of a crossbow; also, sometimes, the bow itself.


    You can shoot in a tiller. Beau. *** Fl.

  7. The handle of anything.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  8. A small drawer] a till.


    Tiller rope (Naut.), a rope for turning a tiller. In a large vessel it forms the connection between the fore end of the tiller and the steering wheel.

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TILL'ER, noun A money box in a shop; a drawer.

TILL, prep or adverb

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 ill 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 19:1.

Certain Jews--bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Acts 23:1.

Mediate so long till you make some act of prayer to God.

[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 is 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 the, or time, with this, or that, etc., and in the other by a verb with its adjuncts; as, occupy till I come. In the latter use, till is a preposition preceding a sentence, like against, in the phrase, against I come.]

TILL, verb transitive

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. Genesis 3:1.

2. In the most general sense, to till may include every species of husbandry, and this may be its sense in Scripture.

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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.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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1. Neglect; omission to do; more generally,

2. Habitual omission of that which ought to be done, or a habit of omitting to do things, either from carelessness or design. Negligence is usually the child of sloth or laziness, and the parent of disorders in business, often of poverty.

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