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timber

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noun tim·ber \ ˈtim-bər \

Definition of timber

1 a :growing trees or their wood
b used interjectionally to warn of a falling tree
2 :wood suitable for building or for carpentry
3 a :a large squared or dressed piece of wood ready for use or forming part of a structure
b British :lumber 2a
c :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
4 :material, stuff; especially :a person or type of person qualified for a particular position or status
  • managerial timber

timber

adjective

Examples of timber in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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timber

verb

Definition of timber

timbered; timbering play \-b(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to frame, cover, or support with timbers

First Known Use of timber

before 12th century



TIMBER Defined for English Language Learners

timber

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Definition of timber for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TIMBER Defined for Kids

timber

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noun tim·ber \ ˈtim-bər \

Definition of timber for Students

1 :wood suitable for building or for carpentry
2 :a large squared piece of wood ready for use or forming part of a structure


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