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

transitive verb

: to till or plow (soil) with a rototiller

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 And buried within every soil are myriad dormant weed seeds just waiting to be awakened by light and air, which is what happens when rototilling or vigorous chopping with a concrete hoe brings buried weed seeds to the surface. Washington Post, 16 July 2019 Step 3: Prep and Plant Measure the diameter of the root ball, then rototill a circle that measures five times the diameter across (see opposite). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2019 And, just to be clear, do not rototill or double dig your garden. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2018 Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet and will be rototilled and marked by the town. Courant Community, 27 Mar. 2018 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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