verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- timbale iron,
- timber beetle,
- timber cruiser,
- timber hitch,
- timber limit,
- timber mill
Origin of timber
Examples from the Web for 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.
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.
This portage lies over an open pine ridge, from which the timber has been chiefly burned.
It was quite a large town, the houses being built substantially of timber, thatched with palm leaves.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi|John S. C. Abbott
One great bug bear of the prairies was formerly the scarcity of timber.The History of Peru|Henry S. Beebe
Through the timber ahead of them came the sweet clear notes of a bugle.Pathfinder|Alan Douglas
They remained in the timber the rest of the day, in order that Ned might recover sufficiently for the journey.The Texan Scouts|Joseph A. Altsheler
- wood, esp when regarded as a construction materialUsual US and Canadian word: lumber
- (as modifier)a timber cottage
- trees collectively
- mainly US woodland
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).