Definition of timber
1a : growing trees or their woodb —used interjectionally to warn of a falling tree
2 : wood suitable for building or for carpentry
3a : 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
Examples of timber in a Sentence
upon our approach the deer disappeared back into the timber from whence it had come
needed a new load of timber to finish building the house
Recent Examples of timber from the Web
The play space will use materials such as timber, mud, sand, sticks, and grass, with play opportunities that will build physical and social skills among young children.
The town only allows harvesting of diseased timber or logs downed by storms or other natural causes.
The timber playground built by the Colerain Community Playground Commission has outlived its usefulness and is now in need of replacement, as the need and costs for maintenance continue to escalate.
Five motors — beneath a deck crisscrossed with timbers — run with two large propulsion engines driving twin screws.
The Timbers have an opportunity to finally snap that road losing streak Wednesday at Minnesota.
Here in sprawling Bidi Bidi, the refugees meet in open-air churches rigged from timber.
Traffickers in the region had to figure out a way to funnel their money into the legal economy, and land clearing—in the form of cattle ranching, agro-industrial plantations, and timber extraction—was the preferred way to do it.
Britain’s long tradition of brick or concrete construction has spawned a different approach to fire regulations in comparison to the United States, where timber frame construction is more common, experts told NBC News.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of timber
before 12th century
TIMBER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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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