Origin of tiller1
- a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for turning the rudder in steering.
Origin of tiller2
- a plant shoot that springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk.
- a sapling.
- (of a plant) to put forth new shoots from the root or around the bottom of the original stalk.
Origin of tiller3
Examples from the Web for tiller
Today the Moomin industry sails merrily along without her restraining hand on the tiller.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
After Tiller is largely devoid of politicking, instead choosing to simply follow the four doctors about their business.‘After Tiller’ Profiles Last Four U.S. Doctors Who Do Late-Term Abortions
July 5, 2013
Their ineptitude required the seaman to abandon his post at the tiller and man an oar himself.The Titanic’s Haute Heroine: The Countess of Rothes
April 12, 2012
Tiller, for example, was frequently derided on The O'Reilly Factor.How Glenn Beck Saves Lives
June 19, 2009
But what exactly did O'Reilly say about Tiller, and in what context?The History of O'Reilly vs. Tiller
The Daily Beast Video
June 3, 2009
Then he remembered the look on his master's face as he stood at the tiller.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
In silence the man unshipped the tiller and moved toward the cleats.
Calculating the instant to a nicety, he paid off the sheet and pulled up the tiller.
Wake up Dick there, and let him take his turn at the tiller.
The bar or lever that is fixed to the top of the rudder-post is called a tiller.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
- nautical a handle fixed to the top of a rudderpost to serve as a lever in steering it
- a shoot that arises from the base of the stem in grasses
- a less common name for sapling
- (intr) (of a plant) to produce tillers
Word Origin and History for tiller
mid-14c., "stock of a crossbow," from Old French telier "stock of a crossbow" (c.1200), originally "weaver's beam," from Medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela "web, loom," from PIE *teks-la-, from root *teks- "to weave" (see texture). Meaning "bar to turn the rudder of a boat" first recorded 1620s.