Pronunciation Noun

tiller (plural tillers)

  1. A person who tills; a farmer.
    • 2000, Alasdair Gray, The Book of Prefaces, Bloomsbury 2002, page 63:
      In France, Europe's most fertile and cultivated land, the tillers of it suffered more and more hunger.
  2. A machine that mechanically tills the soil.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

tiller (plural tillers)

  1. (obsolete) A young tree.
  2. A shoot of a plant which springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sapling; a sucker.

tiller (tillers, present participle tillering; past and past participle tillered)

  1. (intransitive) To produce new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.
  • Italian: accestire

tiller (plural tillers)

  1. (archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow.
    • c. 1608–1610, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “Philaster: Or, Love Lies a Bleeding”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 2, scene 2:
      You can shoot in a tiller.
  2. (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).
  3. (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.
  4. A handle; a stalk.
  5. The rear-wheel steering control, aboard a tiller truck.
  6. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A small drawer; a till.
  • French: barre
  • German: Pinne, Helmstock
  • Portuguese: cana do leme
  • Spanish: caña del timón

Proper noun
  1. Surname
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