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timber

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noun tim·ber \ˈtim-bər\

Simple Definition of timber

  • : trees that are grown in order to produce wood

  • —used as an interjection to warn people nearby that a cut tree is about to fall

  • : a large piece of wood that is used to form a part of a building

Full Definition of timber

  1. 1a :  growing trees or their woodb —used interjectionally to warn of a falling tree

  2. 2 :  wood suitable for building or for carpentry

  3. 3 :  material, stuff; especially :  a person or type of person qualified for a particular position or status <managerial timber>

  4. 4a :  a large squared or dressed piece of wood ready for use or forming part of a structureb British :  lumber 2ac :  a curving frame branching outward from the keel of a ship and bending upward in a vertical direction that is usually composed of several pieces united :  rib

timber adjective

Examples of timber

  1. <upon our approach the deer disappeared back into the timber from whence it had come>

  2. <needed a new load of timber to finish building the house>



Origin of timber

Middle English, from Old English, building, wood; akin to Old High German zimbar wood, room, Greek demein to build, domos course of stones or bricks


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with timber


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timber

transitive verb tim·ber

Definition of timber

tim·beredtim·ber·ing play \-b(ə-)riŋ\

  1. :  to frame, cover, or support with timbers



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of timber

before 12th century



TIMBER Defined for Kids

timber

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noun tim·ber \ˈtim-bər\

Definition of timber

  1. 1 :  wood suitable for building or for carpentry

  2. 2 :  a large squared piece of wood ready for use or forming part of a structure





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