Origin of timbering
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of timber
Examples from the Web for timbering
About the only thing we understand about timbering operations is the log drive in the spring.The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves|Claude A. Labelle
As the amount of soft ground in the face increased, the system of timbering was gradually changed to one of 2-in.
His carelessness of his own life, that led him to slap his timbering up any way, was born of that same fury.The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch|Henry Wallace Phillips
The boys and men who were "timbering" us threw rocks and clubbed us most diligently.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
The method of timbering and mining, while well enough known, has not been generally used in the United States.Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910|James H. Brace, Francis Mason and S. H. Woodard
- 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).