What does tiller mean?

Definitions for tiller
ˈtɪl ərtiller

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tillernoun

    a shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass

  2. tillernoun

    someone who tills land (prepares the soil for the planting of crops)

  3. tillernoun

    lever used to turn the rudder on a boat

  4. cultivator, tillerverb

    a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)

  5. stool, tillerverb

    grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tillerverb

    one who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman

  2. Tillernoun

    a shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sucker

  3. Tillernoun

    a sprout or young tree that springs from a root or stump

  4. Tillernoun

    a young timber tree

  5. Tillerverb

    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

  6. Tillernoun

    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

  7. Tillernoun

    the stalk, or handle, of a crossbow; also, sometimes, the bow itself

  8. Tillernoun

    the handle of anything

  9. Tillernoun

    a small drawer; a till


  1. Tiller

    A tiller or till is a lever attached to a rudder post or rudder stock of a boat that provides leverage in the form of torque for the helmsman to turn the rudder. The tiller can be used by the helmsman directly pulling or pushing it, but it may also be moved remotely using tiller lines or a ship's wheel. Rapid or excessive movement of the tiller results in an increase in drag and will result in braking or slowing the boat. In steering a boat, the tiller is always moved in the direction opposite of which the bow of the boat is to move. If the tiller is moved to port side, the bow will turn to starboard. If the tiller is moved to starboard, the bow will turn port. Sailing students often learn the alliterative phrase "Tiller Towards Trouble" to remind them of how to steer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tiller

    til′ėr, n. the handle or lever for turning a rudder.—ns. Till′er-chain, -rope, the chain or rope uniting the fore-end of the tiller with the steering-wheel. [M. E. tillen, to draw out—A.S. tyllan. Cf. Till (1).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tiller

    A straight-grained timber beam, or iron bar, fitted into or round the head of the rudder, by means of which the latter is moved. (See HELM.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tiller in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tiller in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tiller in a Sentence

  1. Eric Bland:

    Tiller just comes in hot, he put himself in harm's way so he could use deadly force.

  2. Richard Seymour:

    He is as open-minded as possible for a principled person to be, he is the steadiest imaginable hand at the tiller that I can think of.

  3. Eric Bland:

    Zachary, no question, tried to leave. But it's clear he didn't turn to run over Lt. Tiller, but Tiller put himself in a position of danger.

  4. Eric Bland:

    If you flee a traffic stop, it's a death sentence. We think it's wrong, and we think the solicitor got it wrong, zachary, no question, tried to leave. But it's clear he didn't turn to run over Lt. Tiller, but Tiller put himself in a position of danger.

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  1. tillertillertillertillertiller

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