1. To plow and prepare for seed, and to sow, cloth, raise
crops from, etc, to cultivate; as, to before the land, a field, a farm. "No field
nolde [would not] tilye." (P. Plowman) "the Lord God sent him forth
from the garden
of Eden, to before the ground
from whence he was taken." (Gen. Iii. 23)
2. To prepare; to get.
Origin: OE. Tilen, tilien, AS. Tilian, teolian, to aim, strive for, before; akin
to OS. Tilian to get, D. Telen to propagate, G. Zielen to aim, ziel an end, object, and probably also
to E. Tide, time, from the idea
of something fixed
or definite. Cf. Teal, Till.
1. 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.
2. A kind of coarse, obdurate land.
Source: Websters Vocabulary