timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.
to cut timber and prepare it for market.
to become useless or to be stored away as useless.
to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber: We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
to heap together in disorder.
- lum·ber·er, noun
- lum·ber·less, adjective
Other definitions for lumber (2 of 2)
to move clumsily or heavily, especially from great or ponderous bulk: overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
to make a rumbling noise.
- lum·ber·ly, adjective
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How to use lumber in a sentence
Around 40% of all lumber goes toward repairing and remodeling homes, Jalbert says.
This is a severe lumber shortage…Demand is hot and continues to be strong.
Jalbert at Fastmarkets RISI says lumber supplies will be encumbered for months, but could begin to level off by the end of the year.
Given California’s increasing housing needs and greenhouse gas emission goals, California has a direct interest in consuming ecologically sourced lumber.California and the Forest Service have a plan to prevent future catastrophic fires | Ula Chrobak | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
Its design is adapted from Herman Miller’s 2008 task chair model, which pays close attention to supporting the full length of a sitter’s back, beyond the lumber region.Should your next home-office chair be an esports gaming chair? | Anne Quito | July 27, 2020 | Quartz
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
The judges noted that he told one of the officers he had “copped some lumber.”
Our inner cities are stacks of dry leaves and lumber, waiting for a spark.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson | Cory Booker | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Today, ton-sized pieces of lumber lay rotting in the cool morning air.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But his 8-year-old company could choose from a handful of lumber kilns within hours of the city.
The road had been built for bringing down lumber, and for six miles it was at perilous angles.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Scattergood fairly licked his lips as he thought of the millions upon millions of feet of spruce to be sawed into lumber.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
But they can't run the mill without the log yard and the yard to pile out their lumber.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Next opening the false back of the cupboard, he passed through to the lumber-room beyond, and partly closed the second door.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The Spaniard's boat was lashed so that no mortal could get her clear, and the little craft was used as a sort of lumber-closet.The Chequers | James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for lumber (1 of 2)
mainly US and Canadian
logs; sawn timber
cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
(as modifier): the lumber trade
useless household articles that are stored away
(as modifier): lumber room
(tr) to pile together in a disorderly manner
(tr) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
mainly US and Canadian to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
(tr) British informal to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
(tr) Australian to arrest; imprison
- lumberer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for lumber (2 of 2)
to move awkwardly
an obsolete word for rumble
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