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timbering

[tim-ber-ing]
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noun
  1. building material of wood.
  2. timberwork.
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Origin of timbering

First recorded in 1125–75, timbering is from the Middle English word timbrung. See timber, -ing1

timber

[tim-ber]
noun
  1. the wood of growing trees suitable for structural uses.
  2. growing trees themselves.
  3. wooded land.
  4. wood, especially when suitable or adapted for various building purposes.
  5. a single piece of wood forming part of a structure or the like: A timber fell from the roof.
  6. Nautical. (in a ship's frame) one of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel; rib.
  7. personal character or quality: He's being talked up as presidential timber.
  8. Sports. a wooden hurdle, as a gate or fence, over which a horse must jump in equestrian sports.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with timber.
  2. to support with timber.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fell timber, especially as an occupation.
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interjection
  1. a lumberjack's call to warn those in the vicinity that a cut tree is about to fall to the ground.
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Origin of timber

before 900; Middle English, Old English: orig., house, building material; cognate with German Zimmer room, Old Norse timbr timber; akin to Gothic timrjan, Greek démein to build. See dome
Related formstim·ber·less, adjectivetim·ber·y, adjective
Can be confusedtimber timbre
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Examples from the Web for timbering

Historical Examples

  • The boys and men who were "timbering" us threw rocks and clubbed us most diligently.

    Tramping with Tramps

    Josiah Flynt

  • But see that line of timbering hugging the face of Mt. Stephen.

    A Summer's Outing

    Carter H. Harrison

  • The west portal of Rouen is half covered by a forest of timbering.

  • You knew when I asked you if the timbering was secure that you had not wedged your cross-beams.

  • Somebody has pried out some of the timbering and caused a cave-in.


British Dictionary definitions for timbering

timbering

noun
  1. timbers collectively
  2. work made of timber
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timber

noun
    1. wood, esp when regarded as a construction materialUsual US and Canadian word: lumber
    2. (as modifier)a timber cottage
    1. trees collectively
    2. mainly USwoodland
  1. a piece of wood used in a structure
  2. nautical a frame in a wooden vessel
  3. potential material, for a post, rank, etche is managerial timber
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verb
  1. (tr) to provide with timbers
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interjection
  1. a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
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Word Origin

Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house
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Word Origin and History for timbering

timber

n.

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).

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