timber

[tim-ber]
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

timberless, adjective
timbery, adjective

timber, timbre.
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timber (ˈtɪmbə)
 
n
1.  a.  Usual US and Canadian word: lumber wood, esp when regarded as a construction material
 b.  (as modifier): a timber cottage
2.  a.  trees collectively
 b.  chiefly (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
 
vb
6.  (tr) to provide with timbers
 
interj
7.  a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
 
[Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house]

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timber
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 base *dem-/*dom-
"build" (source of Gk. domos, L. domus; see domestic). The O.E. 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 Eng. 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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Example sentences
Guide wheels that ran along restraining timbers within the tower kept the
  cradle from swinging back and forth.
Now scientists have found a way to let ancient timbers tell their secrets.
Yet there were no collapsed timbers indicating that the structure ever had a
  roof.
The dimensions given are the cross-sectional dimensions of the timbers prior to
  one corner being bevelled.
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