tiller

The tiller is what steers a boat — specifically, the handle attached to the rudder. Tillers are generally found on smaller boats because it would take too much force to steer larger ships with hand tillers.

If you have never been on a sailboat before, it may take you a few minutes to figure out how to move the tiller to smoothly steer the boat because you might move the tiller in the opposite direction that you want the boat to go. If you want the bow of the boat to go starboard (right), for example, you need to move the tiller to the port side (left) and vice versa. Rapid back and forth movement on the tiller helps create drag and slows the boat.

Primary Meanings of tiller

1.
n
someone who tills land (prepares the soil for the planting of crops)
2.
n
lever used to turn the rudder on a boat
3.
nv
a shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass
grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
Full Definitions of tiller
1

n someone who tills land (prepares the soil for the planting of crops)

Type of:
farmer, granger, husbandman, sodbuster
a person who operates a farm

n a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)

Synonyms:
cultivator
Types:
harrow
a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil
disc harrow, disk harrow
a harrow with a series of disks set on edge at an angle
Type of:
farm machine
a machine used in farming
2

n lever used to turn the rudder on a boat

Type of:
lever
a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
3

n a shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass

Type of:
shoot
a new branch

v grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers

Synonyms:
stool
Type of:
acquire, develop, get, grow, produce
come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

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