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timber

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, noun [F. timbre. See {Timbre}.] (Her.) The crest on a coat of arms. [Written also {timbre}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, verb (used with an object) To surmount as a timber does. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, noun [AS. timbor, timber, wood, building; akin to OFries. timber, D. timmer a room, G. zimmer, OHG. zimbar timber, a dwelling, room, Icel. timbr timber, Sw. timmer, Dan. t["o]mmer, Goth. timrjan to build, timrja a builder, L. domus a house, Gr. ? house, ? to build, Skr. dama a house. [root]62. Cf. {Dome}, {Domestic}.]

1. That sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships, and the like; -- usually said of felled trees, but sometimes of those standing. Cf. {Lumber}, 3.

And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . . And fiddled in the timber! --Tennyson.

2. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.

3. Fig.: Material for any structure.

Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of. --Bacon.

4. A single piece or squared stick of wood intended for building, or already framed; collectively, the larger pieces or sticks of wood, forming the framework of a house, ship, or other structure, in distinction from the covering or boarding.

So they prepared timber . . . to build the house. --1 Kings v. 18.

Many of the timbers were decayed. --W. Coxe.

5. Woods or forest; wooden land. [Western U. S.]

6. (Shipbuilding) A rib, or a curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel and bending upward in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united.

{Timber and room}. (Shipbuilding) Same as {Room and space}. See under {Room}.

{Timber beetle} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of beetles the larvae of which bore in timber; as, the silky timber beetle ({Lymexylon sericeum}).

{Timber doodle} (Zool.), the American woodcock. [Local, U. S.]

{Timber grouse} (Zool.), any species of grouse that inhabits woods, as the ruffed grouse and spruce partridge; -- distinguished from prairie grouse.

{Timber hitch} (Naut.), a kind of hitch used for temporarily marking fast a rope to a spar. See Illust. under {Hitch}.

{Timber mare}, a kind of instrument upon which soldiers were formerly compelled to ride for punishment. --Johnson.

{Timber scribe}, a metal tool or pointed instrument for marking timber. --Simmonds.

{Timber sow}. (Zool.) Same as {Timber worm}, below. --Bacon.

{Timber tree}, a tree suitable for timber.

{Timber worm} (Zool.), any larval insect which burrows in timber.

{Timber yard}, a yard or place where timber is deposited.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, noun [Probably the same word as timber sort of wood; cf. Sw. timber, LG. timmer, MHG. zimber, G. zimmer, F. timbre, LL. timbrium. Cf. {Timmer}.] (Com.) A certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also {timmer}. [Written also {timbre}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Timbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Timbering}.] To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle.

His bark is stoutly timbered. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Timber \Tim"ber\, verb (used without an object)

1. To light on a tree. [Obs.]

2. (Falconry) To make a nest.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

timber

noun

1: the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material [syn: {lumber}, {timber}]

2: a beam made of wood

3: a post made of wood

4: land that is covered with trees and shrubs [syn: {forest}, {woodland}, {timberland}, {timber}]

5: (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet" [syn: {timbre}, {timber}, {quality}, {tone}]

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