rototiller

noun

ro·​to·​till·​er ˈrō-tə-ˌti-lər How to pronounce rototiller (audio)
: a cultivating implement with engine-powered rotating blades used to lift and turn over soil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In spring the compost is used in her gardens, and the leaves are ground up with a small rototiller. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2022 Before the pandemic the city shelled out $110,000 when pigs, rooting for grubs, churned soccer and baseball fields like a rototiller. Thomas Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Before the pandemic the city shelled out $110,000 when pigs, rooting for grubs, churned soccer and baseball fields like a rototiller. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 Similarly, instead of tilling large vegetable beds by hand, consider renting a high-powered rototiller for $50 to get the project done in a few hours. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2021 While small cultivators are typically manageable, the larger front-end rototillers will give you a workout, particularly in heavy or rocky soils. The Editors, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2020 Plus, the rototiller probably eliminated a lot of them anyway. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2018 And the snowblower, the one some Florida natives mistook for a rototiller? Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2017 Cassidy advises against using rototillers in a garden. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, 30 July 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

from Rototiller, a trademark

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rototiller was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Rototiller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rototiller. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

rototiller

noun
ro·​to·​till·​er ˈrōt-ə-ˌtil-ər How to pronounce rototiller (audio)
: a landscaping machine with rotating blades that lift and turn over soil
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