WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tim•ber /ˈtɪmbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] the wood of trees used for construction.
  2. [uncountable] growing trees themselves, or the land where they grow.
  3. a single piece of wood forming part of a structure:[countable]A timber fell from the roof.
  4. one who is thought of as having very great qualifications;
    caliber:[uncountable]He's presidential timber.

  1. (used as a lumberjack's call to warn others that a cut tree is about to fall).
tim•bered, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tim•ber  (timbər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the wood of growing trees suitable for structural uses.
  2. growing trees themselves.
  3. wooded land.
  4. wood, esp. 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, Naval Terms(in a ship's frame) one of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel;
  7. personal character or quality:He's being talked up as presidential timber.
  8. Sporta wooden hurdle, as a gate or fence, over which a horse must jump in equestrian sports.

  1. to furnish with timber.
  2. to support with timber.

  1. to fell timber, esp. as an occupation.

  1. a lumberjack's call to warn those in the vicinity that a cut tree is about to fall to the ground.
timber•less, adj. 
timber•y, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English: origin, originally, house, building material; cognate with German Zimmer room, Old Norse timbr timber; akin to Gothic timrjan, Greek démein to build. See dome

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

timber /ˈtɪmbə/ n
  1. wood, esp when regarded as a construction material
    Usual US and Canadian word: lumber
  2. (as modifier): a timber cottage
  3. trees collectively
  4. chiefly US woodland
  5. a piece of wood used in a structure
  6. a frame in a wooden vessel
  1. (transitive) to provide with timbers
  1. a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
Etymology: Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house

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