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tiller 1

Line breaks: til¦ler
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪlə/

noun

A horizontal bar fitted to the head of a boat’s rudder post and used for steering.
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.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French telier 'weaver's beam, stock of a crossbow', from medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela 'web'.

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tiller 2 Line breaks: till¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪlə/

noun

An implement or machine for breaking up soil; a plough or cultivator.
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.

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tiller 3 Line breaks: til¦ler
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪlə/

noun

A lateral shoot from the base of the stem of a plant, especially in a grass or cereal.
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 tillering
More 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.

Origin

Mid 17th century (denoting a sapling arising from the stool of a felled tree): apparently based on Old English telga 'bough', of Germanic origin.

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