WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
tim•ber /ˈtɪmbɚ/USA pronunciation
[uncountable] the wood of trees used for construction.
[uncountable] growing trees themselves, or the land where they grow.
[countable] a single piece of wood forming part of a structure:A timber fell from the roof.
[uncountable] one who is thought of as having very great qualifications; caliber:He's presidential timber.
(used as a lumberjack's call to warn others that a cut tree is about to fall).
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
timber /ˈtɪmbə/ n
- wood, esp when regarded as a construction material
Usual US and Canadian word: lumber
- (as modifier): a timber cottage
- trees collectively
- chiefly US woodland
- a piece of wood used in a structure
- a frame in a wooden vessel
- (transitive) to provide with timbers
Etymology: Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house
- a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
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