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timbered

[tim-berd] /ˈtɪm bərd/
adjective
1.
made of or furnished with timber.
2.
covered with growing trees; wooded:
timbered acres.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English timbred. See timber, -ed3
Related forms
nontimbered, adjective
overtimbered, adjective
untimbered, adjective

timber

[tim-ber] /ˈtɪm bər/
noun
1.
the wood of growing trees suitable for structural uses.
2.
growing trees themselves.
3.
wooded land.
4.
wood, especially 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. (in a ship's frame) one of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel; rib.
7.
personal character or quality:
He's being talked up as presidential timber.
8.
Sports. a wooden hurdle, as a gate or fence, over which a horse must jump in equestrian sports.
verb (used with object)
9.
to furnish with timber.
10.
to support with timber.
verb (used without object)
11.
to fell timber, especially as an occupation.
interjection
12.
a lumberjack's call to warn those in the vicinity that a cut tree is about to fall to the ground.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English: orig., house, building material; cognate with German Zimmer room, Old Norse timbr timber; akin to Gothic timrjan, Greek démein to build. See dome
Related forms
timberless, adjective
timbery, adjective
Can be confused
timber, timbre.
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Examples from the web for timbered
  • The soaring timbered ceiling had disappeared under tiles fitted with fluorescent lights.
  • There is a den not too far away atop a timbered knoll sheltered by overhanging boughs.
  • Other attractions include museums and galleries, a theater, the city park and a row of restored half-timbered buildings.
  • The old town has medieval streets with half-timbered buildings, open-air cafes and small shops.
  • The timbered ceiling and terra-cotta floor give the room a cool rustic feeling.
  • Good value attracts visitors and locals alike to its pair of cozy rooms, one paneled and timbered.
  • Surrounded by vineyards, the half-timbered building has green shutters with a brown-tile roof.
  • It lives in burrows in timbered or formerly timbered areas along the floodplains of streams and along ditches.
  • Livestock and grain, with logging in the timbered areas, are the major uses in the tri-state region.
  • Mule deer find shelter in timbered, sandstone canyons.
British Dictionary definitions for timbered

timbered

/ˈtɪmbəd/
adjective
1.
made of or containing timber or timbers
2.
covered with trees; wooded

timber

/ˈtɪmbə/
noun
1.
  1. wood, esp when regarded as a construction material Usual US and Canadian word lumber
  2. (as modifier): a timber cottage
2.
  1. trees collectively
  2. (mainly US) woodland
3.
a piece of wood used in a structure
4.
(nautical) a frame in a wooden vessel
5.
potential material, for a post, rank, etc: he is managerial timber
verb
6.
(transitive) to provide with timbers
interjection
7.
a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house
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Word Origin and History for timbered

timber

n.

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for timbered

till one is blue in the face

adverb phrase

Until one is able to do no more; to the point of helpless exhaustion: Hail and beware the dead who will talk life until you are blue in the face

[1864+; fr the facial blueness or darkening symptomatic of choking]


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