Definitions for: Tiller

[n] a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)
[n] lever used to turn the rudder on a boat
[n] someone who tills land (prepares the soil for the planting of crops)
[n] a shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass
[v] grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers

Webster (1913) Definition: Till"er, n. [From Till, v. t.]
One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman.

Till"er, n. [AS. telgor a small branch. Cf. Till to
1. (Bot.)
(a) A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom
of the original stalk; a sucker.
(b) A sprout or young tree that springs from a root or

2. A young timber tree. [Prov. Eng.] --Evelyn.

Till"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tillered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Tillering.]
To put forth new shoots from the root, or round the bottom of
the original stalk; as, wheat or rye tillers; some spread
plants by tillering. [Sometimes written tillow.]

Till"er, n. [From OE. tillen, tullen, to draw, pull;
probably fr. AS. tyllan in fortyllan to lead astray; or cf.
D. tillen to lift up. Cf. Till a drawer.]
1. (Naut.) A lever of wood or metal fitted to the rudder head
and used for turning side to side in steering. In small
boats hand power is used; in large vessels, the tiller is
moved by means of mechanical appliances. See Illust. of
Rudder. Cf. 2d Helm, 1.

2. The stalk, or handle, of a crossbow; also, sometimes, the
bow itself. [Obs.]

You can shoot in a tiller. --Beau. & Fl.

3. The handle of anything. [Prov. Eng.]

4. A small drawer; a till. --Dryden.

Tiller rope (Naut.), a rope for turning a tiller. In a
large vessel it forms the connection between the fore end
of the tiller and the steering wheel.

Synonyms: cultivator, stool

See Also: acquire, develop, farm machine, farmer, get, granger, grow, harrow, husbandman, lever, produce, rudder, shoot, sodbuster

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