What does timber mean?

Definitions for timberˈtɪm bər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word timber.

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"


  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

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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned.

  2. J. Willard Marriott:

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

  3. Douglas Malloch:

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

  4. Immanuel Kant:

    From timber so crooked as that from which man is carved, nothing entirely straight can be made.

  5. Aftab Mehmood:

    Despite our meager resources we arrested 30 timber smugglers last year and sent them to prison, but almost all are released now.

Images & Illustrations of timber

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Translations for timber

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • خشبArabic
  • дърво́, дървен материа́л, греда́Bulgarian
  • bigaCatalan, Valencian
  • Bauholz, HolzGerman
  • ξυλεία, δοκάριGreek
  • madera aserrada, viga, Fuera Abajo, polínSpanish
  • puu, puutavara, puu kaatuu, kurkihirsi, puusto, hirsiFinnish
  • bois de construction, bois de menuiserie, bois, madrier, attention, membrure, gare, arbres, poutre, bois de charpenteFrench
  • adhmadIrish
  • fiodhScottish Gaelic
  • dől a fa!, épületfaHungarian
  • գերան, փայտանյութ, փայտեղեն, անտառանյութ, հեծան, ատաղձ, շինափայտArmenian
  • timbur, viðurIcelandic
  • legno, legnameItalian
  • 木材, 材木, 梁Japanese
  • 재목, 材木, 입목, 들보, 제목Korean
  • karîte, darKurdish
  • മരംMalayalam
  • သစ်Burmese
  • kaphout, balk, hout, onderuit, dakbalk, timmerhoutDutch
  • tømmer, trevirke, takbjelkeNorwegian
  • drzewo, drewnoPolish
  • madeira, vigaPortuguese
  • строево́й лес, ба́лка, древеси́на, лес на корню́, деревоматериа́л, пиломатериа́лы, лесоматериа́лRussian
  • timmer, trä, virkeSwedish
  • mbaoSwahili
  • కలపTelugu
  • orman, kereste, kerestelikTurkish

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