Definitions for timberˈtɪm bər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tim•berˈtɪm bər(n.)

  1. the wood of growing trees suitable for construction purposes.

  2. growing trees themselves.

  3. wooded land.

  4. wood, esp. when adapted for various building purposes.

  5. a single piece of wood forming part of a structure:

    A timber fell from the roof.

  6. (in a ship's frame) one of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel; rib.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  7. a person regarded as having exceptional qualifications:

    He's presidential timber.

  8. (v.t.)to furnish or support with timber.

  9. (v.i.)to fell timber, esp. as an occupation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. (interj.)(used as a lumberjack's call to warn others that a cut tree is about to fall.)

Origin of timber:

bef. 900; ME, OE: orig., house, building material, c. OFris timber, OS timbar, OHG zimbar, ON timbr; akin to Go timrjan, Gk démein to build


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lumber, timber(noun)

    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material

  2. timber(noun)

    a beam made of wood

  3. timber(noun)

    a post made of wood

  4. forest, woodland, timberland, timber(noun)

    land that is covered with trees and shrubs

  5. timbre, timber, quality, tone(noun)

    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. timber(noun)ˈtɪm bər

    trees grown for their wood

    fast-growing timber

  2. timberˈtɪm bər



  1. timber(Noun)

    Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.

  2. timber(Noun)

    Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.

  3. timber(Noun)

    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".

  4. timber(Interjection)

    Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.

  5. Origin: tymber, from timber, from timran, from demh₂- (see dṓm). Cognates include Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Old Norse timbr, Gothic 03440339033C0342033E0330033D, and Latin domus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Timber(noun)

    a certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also timmer

  2. Timber(noun)

    the crest on a coat of arms

  3. Timber(verb)

    to surmount as a timber does

  4. Timber(noun)

    that sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships, and the like; -- usually said of felled trees, but sometimes of those standing. Cf. Lumber, 3

  5. Timber(noun)

    the body, stem, or trunk of a tree

  6. Timber(noun)

    fig.: Material for any structure

  7. Timber(noun)

    a single piece or squared stick of wood intended for building, or already framed; collectively, the larger pieces or sticks of wood, forming the framework of a house, ship, or other structure, in distinction from the covering or boarding

  8. Timber(noun)

    woods or forest; wooden land

  9. Timber(noun)

    a rib, or a curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel and bending upward in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united

  10. Timber(verb)

    to furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle

  11. Timber(verb)

    to light on a tree

  12. Timber(verb)

    to make a nest

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'timber' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4147

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'timber' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3680

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'timber' in Nouns Frequency: #1537

Anagrams of timber

  1. timbre

Translations for timber

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


wood, especially for building

This house is built of timber.

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