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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.]
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(Agriculture) the act of tilling or ploughing
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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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This quirky chapter takes a "stab" at conventional tilling styles still being utilized today.
Tilling helps to introduce oxygen and organic matter into the soil profile plus aids in breaking up heavy clay soil or spaces that suffer from compaction.
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.