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Origin of timber
OTHER WORDS FROM timbertim·ber·less, adjectivetim·ber·y, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH timbertimber , timbre
Words nearby timber
What does timber mean?
Timber refers to wood used for building materials.
Timber can be used to refer to wood at different stages of processing. Sometimes, it refers to the trees in a wooded area that will be cut for use. Other times, it means trees that have already been cut down but not yet processed into planks and other forms to build with. And other times it refers to the wood after it has been processed (a more common word for this is lumber).
Timber is most commonly used as a mass noun, meaning it is a singular noun that refers to multiple things and does not get pluralized.
Example: Those trucks are bringing freshly cut timber to the mill.
Where does timber come from?
If you cut open the word timber and count the rings inside, you’ll find that it’s a very old word—it’s been in use since at least the 900s. It comes from an Old English word that originally meant “house” or “building material.” It is related to the Old Norse word timbr (which has the same meaning) and the Greek word demein (meaning “to build”).
Timber usually refers to wood for building materials, but its specific definition varies slightly from place to place. In the United States and Canada, timber is used to describe trees that have been cut down but haven’t yet been processed into planks or boards (which are called lumber). In the United Kingdom and Australia, timber is the word used for any wood that will be used in construction.
Of course, shouting timber! is also a fun way to warn people that a tree is falling or about to fall. It has been used this way since at least the 1910s.
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What are some other forms of timber?
- timbery (adjective)
- timberless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for timber?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing timber?
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How is timber used in real life?
Timber is most commonly used in the context of forestry and logging, but its use varies depending on location. In all cases, it usually refers to wood that will be used for building material.
Outside of the timber industry there is a skills and knowledge gap of timber and timber products, but us and the @thettfregions are changing this by taking the lead at colleges and universities across the UK to educate students and teachers. Link: https://t.co/s5mQ6OUVR9 pic.twitter.com/vVeRX5fp9J
— Timber Trade Federation (@TimberTradeFed) February 21, 2020
— Beaver Bridges (@BridgesBeaver) February 14, 2020
I have a box of donuts,,,but when I bought it (in coles) was a quik sale.. 12 for $ 6 dollar is cheap.. but now they are hard like timber
— juan miranda (@juaremi) April 22, 2011
Try using timber!
Which of the following things can be called timber?
A. growing trees that have not been cut
B. logs that have not been processed into wood planks
C. wood planks
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for timber
Here in Alaska, many moose hunters frequent old burned timber stands, and these are littered with dead small trees and debris that can damage an ATV pretty easily if you’re not careful.
His bill died after the timber industry opposed defunding the institute.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry|by Tony Schick, OPB, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive|September 2, 2020|ProPublica
In a story published in June, the three news organizations found that the state’s largest timber companies received billions of dollars in tax cuts since the 1990s.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry|by Tony Schick, OPB, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive|September 2, 2020|ProPublica
It also would reinstate timber severance taxes, which are based on the value of the trees that are logged.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry|by Tony Schick, OPB, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive|September 2, 2020|ProPublica
At the same time a surge in home renovations and do-it-yourself home projects during the pandemic—just look at the earnings of Home Depot and Lowe’s—and rebounding home construction have increased the demand for timber.‘Severe lumber shortage’ is adding $14,000 to the cost of a new home|Lance Lambert|August 31, 2020|Fortune
“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
British Dictionary definitions for timber
- wood, esp when regarded as a construction materialUsual US and Canadian word: lumber
- (as modifier)a timber cottage
- trees collectively
- mainly US woodland