- The definition of timber is building material or wood fit for building.
An example of timber is redwood logs.
- a building
- building material
- wood suitable for building houses, ships, etc., whether cut or still in the form of trees
- a large, heavy, dressed piece of wood used in building; beam
- Brit. lumber ()
- trees or forests collectively
- personal quality or character: a man of his timber
- Shipbuilding a wooden rib
Origin of timberMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German zimmer, room (; from Old High German zimbar, wooden structure) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dem-, an unverified form dema-, to join together, build from source Classical Latin domus, house
- a. Trees or wooded land considered as a source of wood.b. Wood used as a building material; lumber.
- a. A dressed piece of wood, especially a beam in a structure.b. Nautical A rib in a ship's frame.
- A person considered to have qualities suited for a particular activity: That trainee is executive timber.
transitive verbtim·bered, tim·ber·ing, tim·bers
Origin of timberMiddle English, from Old English, building, trees for building; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
- (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
- (UK, uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
- (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for something such as a roof. Historically also used in the plural, as in "ship's timbers".
- (archaic) A certain quantity of fur skins (as of martens, ermines, sables, etc.) packed between boards; in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty. Also timmer, timbre.
- (firearms, informal) The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.
- Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.
(third-person singular simple present timbers, present participle timbering, simple past and past participle timbered)
- To fit with timbers.
- timbering a roof
- (falconry, intransitive) To light or land on a tree.
- To surmount as a timber does.