Till"er (?), n. [From Till, v.
t.] One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a
Till"er, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Tillered (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Tillering.] 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. [Sometimes written tillow.]
Till"er, n. [From OE. tillen,
tullen, to draw, pull; probably fr. AS. tyllan in
fortyllan to lead astray; or cf. D. tillen to lift up. Cf.
Till a drawer.] 1. (Naut.) 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.
2. The stalk, or handle, of a crossbow; also,
sometimes, the bow itself. [Obs.]
You can shoot in a tiller. Beau. &
3. The handle of anything. [Prov. Eng.]
4. A small drawer; a till.
Tiller rope (Naut.), a rope for turning a
tiller. In a large vessel it forms the connection between the fore end of
the tiller and the steering wheel.
Till"er, n. [AS. telgor a small
branch. Cf. Till to cultivate.] 1. (Bot.)
(a) A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or
bottom of the original stalk; a sucker. (b) A
sprout or young tree that springs from a root or stump.
2. A young timber tree. [Prov. Eng.]