from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical: A rope serving the same purpose as a tiller-chain.
  • noun In small vessels, a rope leading from the tiller-head to each side of the deck, to assist in steering in rough weather.


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  • In the midst worked a wheel, placed vertically, and caught to the tiller-rope, which ran to the back of the Nautilus.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 2003

  • But when the others crowded around, each eager for the last word, he turned away and busied himself with his tiller-rope, sick at heart.

    Sara, a Princess Fannie E. Newberry

  • As the officers were conducting him below, his lordship deliberately remarked that the tiller-rope was too slack, and requested that Captain

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 2 James Harrison

  • The vertical pivots of the rudder 22 are indicated at 25, and one of these pivots has mounted thereon a sheave or pulley 26, around which passes a tiller-rope 27, the ends of which are extended out laterally and secured to the rope 19 on opposite sides of the central point of said rope.

    A History of Aeronautics Evelyn Charles Vivian 1914

  • The man, reeking with perspiration, threw himself upon it, and passed the slip-noose of the tiller-rope around the neck of the defeated monster.

    Great Sea Stories Various 1897

  • They gathered in the sheet as though their lives depended on it, and at the same moment I eased off the weather tiller-rope, and gave the craft her head.

    Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War Harry Collingwood 1886

  • An involuntary impulse of girlish embarrassment caused her to give a vehement pull at the tiller-rope, which brought the boat's head round till they stood directly for shore.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy 1884

  • Apparently it had filled with water and the tiller-rope had broken.

    Myths and Legends of Our Own Land — Volume 04 : Tales of Puritan Land 1879

  • "Mr. Nelson, the tiller-rope is shot away, sir, and the boat is on fire!"

    Frank on the Lower Mississippi Harry Castlemon 1878

  • The cotton-bales on the guards had been set on fire by a bursting shell; the tiller-rope shot away, rendering it impossible to steer the boat; the boilers penetrated, and the engine-room filled with hot steam, which now began to rise and envelop the men on the boiler-deck.

    Frank on the Lower Mississippi Harry Castlemon 1878


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