timber

timber (n.) O.E. timber "building, structure," later "building material, trees suitable for building," and "wood in general," from P.Gmc. *temran (Cf. O.Fris. timber "wood, building," O.H.G. zimbar "timber, wooden dwelling, room," O.N. timbr "timber," Ger. Zimmer "room"), from PIE *demrom-, from root *dem-/*dom- "build" (source of Gk. domos, L. domus; see DOMESTIC (Cf. domestic)). The related Old English verb timbran, timbrian was the chief word for "to build" (Cf. Du. timmeren, Ger. 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 (Cf. shiver) (n.)) is from the specialized meaning "pieces of wood composing the frames of a ship's hull" (1748).

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Synonyms:
(for building) / , / (of a ship's frame) / , , (of a tree) / , , / ,


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  • Timber — Tim ber, n. [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • timber — tim‧ber [ˈtɪmbə ǁ ər] noun [uncountable] especially BrE wood used for building or making things, or the trees that produce this wood; = lumber AmE: • The region has huge exports of timber. * * * timber UK US /ˈtɪmbər/ noun [U] UK (US lumber)… …   Financial and business terms

  • timber — [tim′bər] n. [ME < OE, akin to Ger zimmer, room (< OHG zimbar, wooden structure) < IE base * dem , * dema , to join together, build > L domus, house] 1. a) a building b) building material 2. wood suitable for building houses, ships,… …   English World dictionary

  • Timber — Tim ber, n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Timber — Tim ber, v. t. To surmount as a timber does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Timber — Tim ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Timbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Timbering}.] To furnish with timber; chiefly used in the past participle. [1913 Webster] His bark is stoutly timbered. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • timber — ► NOUN 1) wood prepared for use in building and carpentry. 2) informal, chiefly US suitable quality or character: she is hailed as presidential timber. ► EXCLAMATION ▪ used to warn that a tree is about to fall after being cut. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Timber — Tim ber, v. i. 1. To light on a tree. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Falconry) To make a nest. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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