What does timber mean?

Definitions for timber
ˈtɪm bərtim·ber

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word timber.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lumber, timbernoun

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

  2. timbernoun

    a beam made of wood

  3. timbernoun

    a post made of wood

  4. forest, woodland, timberland, timbernoun

    land that is covered with trees and shrubs

  5. timbre, timber, quality, tonenoun

    (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"


  1. timbernoun

    Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.

  2. timbernoun

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

  3. timbernoun

    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. timberinterjection

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

  5. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Timbernoun

    Etymology: tymbrian , Saxon, to build.

    I learn’d of lighter timber cotes to frame,
    Such as might save my sheep and me from shame. Edmund Spenser.

    For the body of the ships no nation doth equal England for the oaken timber wherewith to build them; but there must be a great providence used, that our ship timber be not unnecessarily wasted. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    The straw was laid below,
    Of chips and sere wood was the second row;
    The third of greens, and timber newly fell’d. Dryden.

    There are hardly any countries that are destitute of timber of their own growth. John Woodward.

    Upon these walls they plant quick and timber trees, which thrive exceedingly. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Who set the twigs, shall he remember,
    That is in haste to sell the timber?
    And what shall of thy woods remain,
    Except the box that threw the main? Matthew Prior.

    We take
    From every tree, lop, bark, and part o’ th’ timber,
    And though we leave it with a root thus hackt,
    The air will drink the sap. William Shakespeare.

    Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature, and yet they are the fittest timber to make politicks of, like to knee timber, that is good for ships to be tossed, but not for houses that shall stand firm. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Timberverb

    To furnish with beams or timber.

  3. To Timberverb

    To light on a tree. A cant word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The one took up in a thicket of brush-wood, and the other timbered upon a tree hard by. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.


  1. timber

    Lumber is wood that has been processed into uniform and useful sizes (dimensional lumber), including beams and planks or boards. Lumber is mainly used for construction framing, as well as finishing (floors, wall panels, window frames). Lumber has many uses beyond home building. Lumber is sometimes referred to as timber as an archaic term and still in England, while in most parts of the world (especially the United States and Canada) the term timber refers specifically to unprocessed wood fiber, such as cut logs or standing trees that have yet to be cut. Lumber may be supplied either rough-sawn, or surfaced on one or more of its faces. Beside pulpwood, rough lumber is the raw material for furniture-making, and manufacture of other items requiring cutting and shaping. It is available in many species, including hardwoods and softwoods, such as white pine and red pine, because of their low cost.Finished lumber is supplied in standard sizes, mostly for the construction industry – primarily softwood, from coniferous species, including pine, fir and spruce (collectively spruce-pine-fir), cedar, and hemlock, but also some hardwood, for high-grade flooring. It is more commonly made from softwood than hardwoods, and 80% of lumber comes from softwood.


  1. timber

    Timber is the wood that is prepared for use in construction, carpentry, or building purposes, typically used in structures and buildings. It can come from both deciduous and coniferous trees, and can be used in various forms such as beams, planks, or poles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Timbernoun

    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. Timbernoun

    the crest on a coat of arms

  3. Timberverb

    to surmount as a timber does

  4. Timbernoun

    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. Timbernoun

    the body, stem, or trunk of a tree

  6. Timbernoun

    fig.: Material for any structure

  7. Timbernoun

    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. Timbernoun

    woods or forest; wooden land

  9. Timbernoun

    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. Timberverb

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

  11. Timberverb

    to light on a tree

  12. Timberverb

    to make a nest

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Timber

    tim′bėr, n. wood for building purposes: the trunk of a tree: material for any structure: one of the larger pieces of the framework of a house, ship, &c.: one of the planks forming the sides and roof of a gallery in a mine.—v.t. to furnish with timber or beams.—p.adj. Tim′bered, furnished with timber: (Shak.) built, formed, contrived: (Spens.) made like timber, massive.—ns. Tim′bering, timber materials; Tim′ber-man, one responsible for the timbers in a mine; Tim′ber-toes, a person with a wooden leg; Tim′ber-tree, a tree suitable for timber; Tim′ber-yard, a yard or place where timber is stored. [A.S. timber, building, wood; Ger. zimmer, an apartment.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. timber

    [Anglo-Saxon]. All large pieces of wood used in ship-building, as floor-timbers, cross-pieces, futtocks, frames, and the like (all which see).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. timber

    In heraldry, a rank or row, as of ermine, in a nobleman’s coat; also a crest. This word is also written timbre.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Timber is ranked #160975 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Timber surname appeared 100 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Timber.

    43% or 43 total occurrences were White.
    40% or 40 total occurrences were Black.
    10% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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 for timber »

  1. timbre

  2. betrim

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of timber in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of timber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of timber in a Sentence

  1. J. Willard Marriott:

    Good timber does not grow with ease the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

  2. Jonathan Reiner:

    The biggest issue is about 55 million adults have chosen not to get vaccinated, and that is the giant pile of dried timber for this relentless fire.

  3. Bob Katter:

    Mr Katter hit out at both the Liberal National and Labor parties. You destroyed the timber industry, the tobacco industry, the fishing industry, the dairy industry and half the sugar mills,he said. We can't farm here because of the Great Barrier Reef. Out west we can't shoot pigs because guns are bad. You can't remove trees, can't use the water out west, can't use the land or improve it. We're not standing still. We're not going forward, so we must be going backwards.

  4. Govind Bisht:

    These trees, such as oak, rhododendron and the kharsu (an endemic species), are primarily responsible for groundwater recharging, but they are fast vanishing, being cut, whether for timber or for so-called 'developmental works' such as roads or tourist resorts.

  5. Evelyn Waugh, Work Suspended (1943):

    Beavers bred in captivity, inhabiting a concrete pool, will, if given the timber, fatuously go through all the motions of damming and ancestral stream.

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