Definition of Tiller

1. Noun. A shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass.

Generic synonyms: Shoot

2. Verb. Grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers.
Exact synonyms: Stool
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Develop, Get, Grow, Produce
Derivative terms: Stool

3. Noun. Someone who tills land (prepares the soil for the planting of crops).
Generic synonyms: Farmer, Granger, Husbandman, Sodbuster
Derivative terms: Till

4. Noun. Lever used to turn the rudder on a boat.
Generic synonyms: Lever
Group relationships: Rudder

5. Noun. A farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture).
Exact synonyms: Cultivator
Generic synonyms: Farm Machine
Specialized synonyms: Harrow
Derivative terms: Cultivate, Till

Definition of Tiller

1. n. One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman.

2. n. A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sucker.

3. v. i. 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.

4. n. 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.

Definition of Tiller

1. Noun. A person who tills; a farmer. ¹

2. Noun. A machine that mechanically tills the soil. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A young tree. ¹

4. Noun. A shoot of a plant which springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sapling; a sucker. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To put forth new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool. ¹

6. Noun. (archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow. ¹

7. Noun. (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). ¹

8. Noun. (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. ¹

9. Noun. A handle; a stalk. ¹

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Definition of Tiller

1. to put forth stems from a root [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Tiller

1. Sprout, stalk, especially one from the base of a plant or from the axils of its lower leaves. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tiller

tillaux fracture
tilled land
tiller (current term)
tiller extension
tilley seed

Literary usage of Tiller

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"Cantrell, 33 Ark. 811, 618; tiller v. McCoy, 38 Ark. 91, 95; Humphries v. Harrison, 80 Ark. 79, 88. But the provision in that Constitution as to the ..."

2. The Coal Resources of the Clintwood and Bucu Quadrangles, Virginia by Henry Hinds, Geological Survey (U.S.) (1916)
"The only correlated coal exposure found below the tiller horizon is near the level of Russell Fork half a mile southeast of the mouth of Hurricane Creek ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"See tiller. tiller, the handle or lever for turning a rudder. (E.) Cf. prov. E. tiller, the stalk of a cross-bow, the handle of any implement (Halliwell). ..."

4. A Mandarin-Romanized Dictionary of Chinese: Including New Terms and Phrases by Donald MacGillivray (1921)
"... dirigible balloon N. the tiller. the helmsman ... the tiller, the handle of the tiller. the post of a rudder. to mince, to <shop up. same ..."

5. Small Farm Equipment for Developing Countries: Proceedings of the by International Rice Research Institute (1986)
"By 1975 there were 32 known power tiller manufacturers: 5 made the IRRI type ... LOCAL POWER tiller MANUFACTURERS In 1975, an IRRI survey identified 32 ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee by Thomas Harvey Coldwell, Tennessee Supreme Court (1870)
"Henry C. tiller. show that the company was in the observance of these precautions, prescribed by law, at the time this accident occurred. ..."

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