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tiller1

[til-er] /ˈtɪl ər/
noun
1.
a person who tills; farmer.
2.
a person or thing that tills; cultivator.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English tiliere. See till2, -er1

tiller2

[til-er] /ˈtɪl ər/
noun, Nautical
1.
a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for turning the rudder in steering.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French teiler weaver's beam; Old French teilier < Medieval Latin tēlārium, equivalent to Latin tēl(a) warp + -ārium -ary
Related forms
tillerless, adjective

tiller3

[til-er] /ˈtɪl ər/
noun
1.
a plant shoot that springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk.
2.
a sapling.
verb (used without object)
3.
(of a plant) to put forth new shoots from the root or around the bottom of the original stalk.
Origin
before 1000; Old English telgor twig, shoot (not recorded in ME); akin to telge rod, Old Norse tjalga branch, telgja to cut
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Examples from the web for tiller
  • Each tiller has a head, or panicle, that actually produces the grains of rice.
  • tiller who was shot and killed in church presented no imminent threat to anyone, as the prosecution has argued.
  • With developed economies in dire straits, central bankers have taken the tiller.
  • The same sensor is used on a boat to shine a beam off the tiller bar, using the reflection to measure the angle of the rudder.
  • The same sensor is used on a boat to shine a beam off the tiller bar and use the reflection to measure the angle of the rudder.
  • He is tiller but carpenter, too, an he keeps his boat's engine running.
  • Awesome that even larger ships crossed oceans, and sailed the world, with tiller in hand.
  • Instead of a tiller, it has a computer-style joystick.
  • They navigate easily through locks and aqueducts steered by a tiller.
  • Whole plots were tiller population and subplots were sward maturity.
British Dictionary definitions for tiller

tiller1

/ˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a handle fixed to the top of a rudderpost to serve as a lever in steering it
Derived Forms
tillerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French teiler beam of a loom, from Medieval Latin tēlārium, from Latin tēla web

tiller2

/ˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
a shoot that arises from the base of the stem in grasses
2.
a less common name for sapling
verb
3.
(intransitive) (of a plant) to produce tillers
Word Origin
Old English telgor twig; related to Icelandic tjalga branch
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Word Origin and History for tiller
n.

mid-14c., "stock of a crossbow," from Old French telier "stock of a crossbow" (c.1200), originally "weaver's beam," from Medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela "web, loom," from PIE *teks-la-, from root *teks- "to weave" (see texture). Meaning "bar to turn the rudder of a boat" first recorded 1620s.

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