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tiller

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

tiller

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

 

a lever attached to the upper part of the rudder stock and used to turn the rudder. Tillers may have a single arm parallel to the vessel’s longitudinal axis or two arms perpendicular to the vessel’s longitudinal axis. Some tillers have the shape of a quadrant and are equipped with a cable or gear drive. Tillers are principally used on small vessels.

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tiller

[′til·ər]
(botany)
A shoot that develops from an axillary or adventitious bud at the base of a stem.
(naval architecture)
A lever attached to the rudder of a boat or ship and used to turn the rudder from side to side, usually turned by hand in a boat and by mechanical devices in a ship.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.