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Definition of "tiller" []

  • One that tills land: a tiller of soil. (noun)
  • Nautical A lever used to turn a rudder and steer a boat. (noun)
  • A shoot, especially one that sprouts from the base of a grass. (noun)
  • To send forth shoots from the base. Used of a grass. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tiller" in a sentence
  • "Your steady hand on the tiller is very much missed -- it's an ill wind that is not a Chetwynd!"
  • "Assuming that your question is not rhetorical: a tiller is the "stick" you use on a sailboat to control the rudder and steer the boat."
  • "The tiller is a tool to cultivate and prepare the soil."