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From Middle English thille, thylle, from Old English þille (board; floorboard; plank; stake; pole), from Proto-Germanic *þiljǭ (board; floorboard; deck), from Proto-Indo-European *tel- (plank; board). Cognate with Dutch deel, German Low German Deel (> English deal (plank)), German Diele, Swedish tilja, Icelandic þilja. Akin to English theal (board; plank).



thill (plural thills)

  1. One of the two long pieces of wood, extending before a vehicle, between which a horse is hitched; a shaft.
  2. (mining) The shallow stratum of underclay that lies under a seam of coal; the bottom of a coal-seam.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘At Twenty-two’, In Black and White, Folio Society 2005, p. 405:
      One by one, Janki leading, they crept into the old gallery – a six-foot way with a scant four feet from thill to roof.