verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of timber
Related Words for timberforest, log, hardwood, girder, rafter, balk, club, grove, stake, woodland, beam, pole, woods, board, frame, boom, rib, plank, mast, weald
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Contemporary Examples of timber
“The Americans were a tool, used by the Safis in the Pech to rid them of their competition in the timber trade,” Zalwar Khan said.
Despite the trade officially being banned, he explains, timber was still locally harvested and sold.
Though the company imports its wood from a timber supplier, they cut and process it.Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry
July 8, 2014
One outfitter found a camp in timber—a Nichols camp, with a fresh three-rock campfire.
They took off through the timber, and so began a five-month hunt for two men in the wilds of America.
Historical Examples of timber
Me and Lawyer Fillmore has been a-lookin' into them deeds, and this timber is mine;' and he driv off.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
She always seemed natural to me; and I had got to know every timber and stick about her.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
This process was continued through the whole length of the timber.
The first timber was drawn by a rope, and floated to its place.
The timber growth—none at all or very scanty spruce and tamarack.The Long Labrador Trail
- wood, esp when regarded as a construction materialUsual US and Canadian word: lumber
- (as modifier)a timber cottage
- trees collectively
- mainly USwoodland
Word Origin for timber
Old English timber "building, structure," later "building material, trees suitable for building," and "wood in general," from Proto-Germanic *temran (cf. Old Frisian timber "wood, building," Old High German zimbar "timber, wooden dwelling, room," Old Norse timbr "timber," German Zimmer "room"), from PIE *demrom-, from root *dem-/*dom- "build" (source of Greek domos, Latin domus; see domestic (adj.)).
The related Old English verb timbran, timbrian was the chief word for "to build" (cf. Dutch timmeren, German zimmern). As a call of warning when a cut tree is about to fall, it is attested from 1912 in Canadian English. Timbers in the nautical slang sense (see shiver (n.)) is from the specialized meaning "pieces of wood composing the frames of a ship's hull" (1748).