Timber definition

tĭmbər
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To support or frame with timbers.

Timber a mine shaft.

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Trees or forests collectively.
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Personal quality or character.

A man of his timber.

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To provide, build, or prop up with timbers.
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Of or for timber.
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Used in a forest to signify that a cut tree is about to fall.
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A person considered to have qualities suited for a particular activity.

That trainee is executive timber.

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Trees or wooded land considered as a source of wood.
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Wood used as a building material; lumber.
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A dressed piece of wood, especially a beam in a structure.
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(nautical) A rib in a ship's frame.
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(shipbuilding) A wooden rib.
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A building.
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Building material in general.
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(uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
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(UK, uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
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(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".
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(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.
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(firearms, informal) The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.
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Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.
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To fit with timbers.

Timbering a roof.

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(falconry, intransitive) To light or land on a tree.
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To surmount as a timber does.
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Used by one cutting down a tree to warn those around that the tree is about to fall.
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Wood suitable for building houses, ships, etc., whether cut or still in the form of trees.
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A large, heavy, dressed piece of wood used in building; beam.
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The definition of timber is building material or wood fit for building.

An example of timber is redwood logs.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
timber
Plural:
timbers

Origin of timber

  • Middle English from Old English building, trees for building dem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tymber, from Old English timber, from Proto-Germanic *timrą, from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (“build, house”) (see Proto-Indo-European *dṓm). Cognates include Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Old Norse timbr, Gothic (timrjan, “to build”), and Latin domus.

    From Wiktionary