- A horizontal bar fitted to the head of a boat’s rudder post and used for steering.More example sentences
- To minimize maintenance, the only wood used in the entire boat is the tiller and the only opening to the area below deck is the companionway.
- There's the main sheet (the rope which controls the main sail), the tiller (the steering stick), the jib (the front sail) and a lot more coloured rope.
- A firm hand at the tiller and the boat sails fair.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French telier 'weaver's beam, stock of a crossbow', from medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela 'web'.
- An implement or machine for breaking up soil; a plough or cultivator.More example sentences
- If your garden is large, a rotary tiller or cultivator with wheels is the most practical method of removing weeds from your garden.
- If you're just starting your garden this spring, turn the top 8 to 12 inches of the soil using a rotary tiller.
- Use the low gear when operating a heavy tiller in loose soil or on a slope.
- A lateral shoot from the base of the stem of a plant, especially in a grass or cereal.More example sentences
- Three similar branches, shoots or tillers per plant were selected for the three treatments.
- The tip height above the soil surface of elongating leaves, number of leaves on the main tiller and number of tillers per plant were observed every other day.
- The number of leaves, tillers and plant length was initially recorded upon marking and was periodically recorded after that for a total of 3-5 observations per plant.
verb[no object] (usually as noun tillering) Back to top
- (Of a plant) develop tillers: tight grass management encourages tilleringMore example sentences
- Top stemmy swards and apply nitrogen to promote tillering.
- Under non-limiting growth conditions, tillering continues for an indefinite time with uneven maturation as a result (not shown here).
- Even though a thin wheat stand will tiller in the spring and fill in, a heavier plant density is less attractive to chinch bugs when they move into wheat in early April.
mid 17th century (denoting a sapling arising from the stool of a felled tree): apparently based on Old English telga 'bough', of Germanic origin.