Tiller vs Tender - What's the difference?

tiller | tender |

As nouns the difference between tiller and tender

is that tiller is a person who tills; a farmer or tiller can be (obsolete) a young tree or tiller can be (archery) the stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow while tender is (label) (l) (fuel-carrying railroad car).

As a verb tiller

is to put forth new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.



Etymology 1

From .


(en noun)
  • A person who tills; a farmer.
  • * 2000 , (Alasdair Gray), The Book of Prefaces , Bloomsbury 2002, page 63:
  • In France, Europe's most fertile and cultivated land, the tillers of it suffered more and more hunger.
  • A machine that mechanically tills the soil.
  • Synonyms
    * (machine) cultivator

    See also

    * motor plow

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) *.

    Alternative forms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A young tree.
  • (Evelyn)
  • A shoot of a plant which springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sapling; a sucker.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To put forth new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.
  • Etymology 3

    (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • You can shoot in a tiller .
  • (nautical) A bar of iron or wood connected with the rudderhead and leadline, usually forward, in which the rudder is moved as desired by the tiller (FM 55-501).
  • (nautical) The handle of the rudder which the helmsman holds to steer the boat, a piece of wood or metal extending forward from the rudder over or through the transom. Generally attached at the top of the rudder.
  • A handle; a stalk.
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) A small drawer; a till.
  • (Dryden)
    Derived terms
    * tiller extension


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) tendre, from (etyl) .


  • Sensitive or painful to the touch.
  • * 1597 , , All's Well that Ends Well , 3,2:
  • * 2006 , Mike Myers (as the voice of the title character), Shrek (movie)
  • Be careful: that area is tender .
  • Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
  • Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 56
  • the tender and delicate woman among you
  • (of food) Soft and easily chewed.
  • * 2001 , Joey Pantolino (character), The Matrix (movie)
  • The Matrix is telling my brain this steak is tender , succulent, and juicy.
  • Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.
  • Fond, loving, gentle, sweet.
  • * Bible, James v. 11
  • The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, / Will never do him good.
  • * Fuller
  • I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
  • Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
  • Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Things that are tender and unpleasing.
  • (nautical) Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
  • (obsolete) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I love Valentine, / Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!
  • (obsolete) Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of .
  • * Burke
  • tender of property
  • * Tillotson
  • The civil authority should be tender of the honour of God and religion.
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * chicken tender * frost-tender * tenderise, tenderize * tenderly * tenderness * tender loving care, TLC * tenderfoot


    (en verb)
  • To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
  • *, vol.I, New York, 2001, p.233:
  • To such as are wealthy, live plenteously, at ease, […] these viands are to be forborne, if they be inclined to, or suspect melancholy, as they tender their healths […].
  • * Putnam Fadeless Dyes [flyer packaged with granulated dye]:
  • Putnam Fadeless Dyes will not injure any material. Boiling water does tender some materials. […] Also, silk fibers are very tender when wet and care should be take not to boil them too vigorously.
  • to feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.
  • * 1597 , (William Shakespeare), (Romeo and Juliet) , 3,1 (First Folio edition):
  • And ?o good Capulet , which name I tender
    As dearely as my owne, be ?atisfied.


  • (obsolete) regard; care; kind concern
  • *
  • Thou makest some tender of my life / In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.
  • The inner flight muscle (pectoralis minor) of poultry.
  • Etymology 2

    From .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Someone who tends or waits on someone.
  • (rail transport) A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
  • (nautical) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
  • (nautical) A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.
  • Synonyms
    * (smaller boat) dinghy

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (formal) To offer, to give.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You see how all conditions, how all minds, tender down / Their services to Lord Timon.
  • * 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
  • I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
  • to offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
  • Synonyms
    * offer
    Derived terms
    * tenderable * to tender something out


    (en noun)
  • A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
  • (legal) A formal offer to buy or sell something.
  • Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.
  • * 1599 ,
  • [...] if she should make tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; for the man,—as you know all,—hath a contemptible spirit.
    See also
    * legal tender * to put out to tender * to put out for tender


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