(Till), v. i. To cultivate land. Piers Plowman.
(Till"a*ble) a. Capable of being tilled; fit for the plow; arable.
1. The operation, practice, or art of tilling or preparing land for seed, and keeping the ground in a proper
state for the growth of crops.
2. A place tilled or cultivated; cultivated land.
Syn. Cultivation; culture; husbandry; farming; agriculture.
(||Til*land"si*a) n. [NL. So named after Prof. Tillands, of Abo, in Finland.] (Bot.) A genus
of epiphytic endogenous plants found in the Southern United States and in tropical America. Tillandsia
usneoides, called long moss, black moss, Spanish moss, and Florida moss, has a very slender pendulous
branching stem, and forms great hanging tufts on the branches of trees. It is often used for stuffing
(Till"er) n. [From Till, v. t.] One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman.
(Till"er), n. [AS. telgor a small branch. Cf. Till to cultivate.]
1. (Bot.) (a) A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sucker. (b) A
sprout or young tree that springs from a root or stump.
2. A young timber tree. [Prov. Eng.] Evelyn.
(Till"er), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tillered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tillering.] 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.]
(Till"er), n. [From OE. tillen, tullen, to draw, pull; probably fr. AS. tyllan in fortyllan to lead astray; or
cf. D. tillen to lift up. Cf. Till a drawer.]
1. (Naut.) 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.
2. The stalk, or handle, of a crossbow; also, sometimes, the bow itself. [Obs.]
You can shoot in a tiller.Beau. & Fl.
3. The handle of anything. [Prov. Eng.]
4. A small drawer; a till. Dryden.
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.
(Til"ley n., or Til"ley seed`) . (Bot.) The seeds of a small tree (Croton Pavana) common in the
Malay Archipelago. These seeds furnish croton oil, like those of Croton Tiglium. [Written also tilly.]
(Till"man) n.; pl. Tillmen A man who tills the earth; a husbandman. [Obs.] Tusser.
(Til"lo*dont) n. One of the Tillodontia.