tiller

1 [til-er]
noun
1.
a person who tills; farmer.
2.
a person or thing that tills; cultivator.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English tiliere. See till2, -er1

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tiller

2 [til-er]
noun Nautical.
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

tillerless, adjective

tiller

3 [til-er]
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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till2 (tɪl)
 
vb
1.  to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
2.  another word for plough
 
[Old English tilian to try, obtain; related to Old Frisian tilia to obtain, Old Saxon tilōn to obtain, Old High German zilōn to hasten towards]
 
'tillable2
 
adj
 
'tiller2
 
n

tiller1 (ˈtɪlə)
 
n
nautical a handle fixed to the top of a rudderpost to serve as a lever in steering it
 
[C14: from Anglo-French teiler beam of a loom, from Medieval Latin tēlārium, from Latin tēla web]
 
'tillerless1
 
adj

tiller2 (ˈtɪlə)
 
n
1.  a shoot that arises from the base of the stem in grasses
2.  a less common name for sapling
 
vb
3.  (intr) (of a plant) to produce tillers
 
[Old English telgor twig; related to Icelandic tjalga branch]

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tiller
mid-14c., "stock of a crossbow," from O.Fr. telier "stock of a crossbow" (c.1200), originally "weaver's beam," from M.L. telarium, from L. tela "web, loom," from PIE *teks-la-, from base *teks- "to weave" (see texture). Meaning "bar to turn the rudder of a boat" first recorded 1620s.
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Example sentences
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.
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