1. a person who tills; farmer.
  2. a person or thing that tills; cultivator.

noun Nautical.

  1. a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for turning the rudder in steering.


  1. a plant shoot that springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk.
  2. a sapling.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of a plant) to put forth new shoots from the root or around the bottom of the original stalk.


  1. nautical a handle fixed to the top of a rudderpost to serve as a lever in steering it


  1. a shoot that arises from the base of the stem in grasses
  2. a less common name for sapling


  1. (intr) (of a plant) to produce tillers

n.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.

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