ro·​to·​till ˈrō-tə-ˌtil How to pronounce rototill (audio)
rototilled; rototilling; rototills

transitive verb

: to till or plow (soil) with a rototiller

Examples of rototill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An extreme solution, which has worked, is to kill your lawn, rototill it, and move all the soil around. oregonlive, 13 May 2023 Mix into the top few inches using a hand trowel; do not rototill. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 In May, tell readers to rototill their gardens. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Run them through the mower to shred them, then spread up to 1 inch of the shredded leaves over the garden and rototill them into the soil to a depth of 5 or 6 inches. Neil Sperry Down To Earth, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Make a small row, drill holes, but do not rototill. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 Gardeners don’t rototill except when building a garden. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 Instead of rototilling, make seed-size holes with a pencil or drag a stick down a bed to make inch-wide furrows for planting in rows. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2020 More destroy soil structure in the name of gardening by rototilling, irrevocably alter natural habitats by planting invasive plants and greatly change local and even regional biomes in the process. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2019

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Word History


back-formation from rototiller

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rototill was in 1934

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“Rototill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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