lumber

verb (1)
lum·​ber | \ ˈləm-bər \
lumbered; lumbering\ ˈləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of lumber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move ponderously an elephant lumbering along the road The economy continues to lumber along.
2 : rumble lumbering machines

lumber

noun

Definition of lumber (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : surplus or disused articles (such as furniture) that are stored away
2a : timber or logs especially when dressed for use
b : any of various structural materials prepared in a form similar to lumber

lumber

verb (2)
lumbered; lumbering\ ˈləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of lumber (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to clutter with or as if with lumber : encumber plan to lumber the tiny town with a giant ski resort— Marilyn Stasio
2 : to heap together in disorder
3 : to log and saw the timber of

intransitive verb

1 : to cut logs for lumber
2 : to saw logs into lumber for the market

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Other Words from lumber

Noun

lumber adjective

Verb (2)

lumberer \ ˈləm-​bər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for lumber

Synonyms: Noun

timber, wood

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Examples of lumber in a Sentence

Noun

He works for a lumber company. had a clearout of all his old lumber and finally got rid of it

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When coasting, or when the driver applies just a little brake in a situation such as lumbering down a gentle hill, eTorque operates on pure regen, in which the truck's conventional disc brakes are disabled. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 On the eastern edge of Bushwick, the train burst out of the ground, into daylight, and lumbered down a stretch that looked semirural, with cemeteries on the left. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 No need to lumber down the trail like an overloaded gear head. Lauren Steele, WSJ, "America’s Best Secluded Swimming Holes—and How to Find Them," 20 June 2018 But back when dinosaurs lumbered across the place where Madison stands today, Earth spun faster around its axis. Chris J. Ratcliffe, National Geographic, "This Summer Solstice, Earth's Days Are Longer Than Ever," 20 June 2018 Meanwhile, the generic-and-lumbering Mr. Incredible is floored by his most diabolical villain yet: responsibility. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Incredibles 2 review: Brad Bird, Pixar are on fire with this superhero sequel," 15 June 2018 Now, with her sister’s two teenage sons lumbering in and out and her 4-year-old daughter pattering around plastic chairs, water buckets, and a coal pit on the dusty floor, Loum barely has room to turn around. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Rozalski incorporates fantastical elements into his landscapes: almost every painting includes some sort of leviathan or massive mech lumbering in the background. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Jakub Rozalski’s Howling at the Moon is a beautiful art book that merges real and fictional worlds," 17 Mar. 2018 Tall, heavy, lumbering, his massive frame filled the room. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a 1965 CBS News documentary, our own Charles Kuralt reported on the rush to turn some of the last remaining redwood forests either into lumber or to clear them out of the way to make room for a highway. CBS News, "Mapping the genome of redwoods," 1 July 2018 But rather than chip the wood, the tree was cut into lumber and used to decorate parts of the event space, Foster said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Trailhead Event Space features sustainable design, proximity to downtown Akron, Towpath Trail," 2 May 2018 Outside Stokes' door, the streets are full of concrete mixers and pickup trucks stacked with lumber for nearby condominium projects. Aaron Glantz, Detroit Free Press, "Minorities still denied home mortgage loans significantly more than whites, investigation shows," 15 Feb. 2018 Gold prices have declined by around 5%, and lumber is down by almost 28%. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Growth Fears Dent Commodities Prices," 13 Dec. 2018 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is about a militia of men who hole up in a lumber mill after realizing that one of their members seems to have been behind a mass shooting. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and more," 8 Dec. 2018 The pair lived side-by-side on West Webster Avenue in the late 1800s, when Muskegon had more than 50 lumber mills. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 In one bright spot for builders and home-improvement companies, the cost of lumber has decreased. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Home-Improvement Stocks Slide Despite Strong Economy," 7 Nov. 2018 But, hey, what other truck will carry a 16-foot piece of lumber inside the vehicle? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B2 Is the Beefy Electric Truck We've Been Waiting For," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lumber

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lumber

Verb (1)

Middle English lomeren

Noun

perhaps from Lombard; from the use of pawnshops as storehouses of disused property

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The first known use of lumber was in the 14th century

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lumber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lumber

: wooden boards or logs that have been sawed and cut for use

: large objects that are no longer used or wanted

lumber

verb
lum·​ber | \ ˈləm-bər \
lumbered; lumbering

Kids Definition of lumber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move in a slow or awkward way An elephant lumbered along the road.

lumber

noun

Kids Definition of lumber (Entry 2 of 2)

: timber especially when sawed into boards

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