from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the extremity of the tiller, to which the tiller-rope or -chain is attached.


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  • What brass there was, on the tiller-head and elsewhere, was tarnished with sickly green.

    The Riddle of the Sands Childers, Erskine, 1870-1922 1955

  • At each pully-end stood a subordinate black, and between them, at the tiller-head, the responsible post, a Spanish seaman, whose countenance evinced his due share in the general hopefulness and confidence at the coming of the breeze.

    The Piazza Tales Herman Melville 1855

  • The man assented with an inward chuckle, grasping the tiller-head firmly.

    The Piazza Tales Herman Melville 1855

  • Now it was against Earl Eirik that Einar had his direct venture, and struck he the top of the tiller-head, over above the head of the Earl, sending in his arrow with such force that it penetrated to the very binding of the shaft.

    The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade) 1179-1241 Snorri Sturluson 1210


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