Tiller definition

tĭlər
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A machine that mechanically tills the soil.
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A person or machine that tills the soil.
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A bar or handle connected to a rudder, and used to turn it in steering a boat.
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The definition of a tiller is a person or machine that turns over soil for planting crops, a handle that turns the rudder of a boat, or a shoot growing from the base of a plant.

An example of a tiller is a vegetable farmer who uses a plow to turn over the soil in their field.

An example of a tiller is what a person uses to steer a boat.

An example of a tiller is a new offshoot growing at the bottom of a tree.

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One that tills land.

A tiller of soil.

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A shoot of a plant which springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sapling; a sucker.
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(archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow.
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A person who tills; a farmer.
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(nautical) A bar of iron or wood connected with the rudderhead and leadline, usually forward, in which the rudder is moved as desired by the tiller (FM 55-501).
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(nautical) The handle of the rudder which the helmsman holds to steer the boat, a piece of wood or metal extending forward from the rudder over or through the transom. Generally attached at the top of the rudder.
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A lever used to turn a rudder and steer a boat.
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To send forth shoots from the base. Used of a plant.
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A shoot growing from the base of the stem of a plant.
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To send forth tillers.
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(intransitive) To put forth new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.
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A shoot, especially one that sprouts from the base of a grass or sedge.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of tiller - tillow

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tiller
Plural:
tillers

Origin of tiller

  • Middle English tiler stock of a crossbow from Old French telier from Medieval Latin tēlārium weaver's beam from Latin tēla web, weaver's beam teks- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tiller from Old English telgor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *tilȝer, *telȝer, from Old English telgor, telgra, telgre ("twig, branch, shoot") (also telga, telge (whence tillow)), from Proto-Germanic *telgô, *telgōn (“twig, branch"), from Proto-Indo-European *delgÊ°- (“to split, divide, cut, carve"). Cognate with Dutch telg (“descendant, scion, offshoot, shoot"), Dutch Low Saxon telge (“twig, branch"), German Zelge (“twig, branch, bough"), Swedish telning (“branch, scion, sapling"), Icelandic tág (“willow-twig").

    From Wiktionary

  • Anglo-Norman telier (“beam used in weaving"), from Medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela (“web").

    From Wiktionary

  • From till +"Ž -er.

    From Wiktionary