- The definition of timber is building material or wood fit for building.
An example of timber is redwood logs.
timber definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
timber definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, building, trees for building; see dem- in Indo-European roots.