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Definition of Lumber


  1. A pawnbroker's shop, or room for storing articles put in pawn; hence, a pledge, or pawn.
  2. Old or refuse household stuff; things cumbrous, or bulky and useless, or of small value.
  3. Timber sawed or split into the form of beams, joists, boards, planks, staves, hoops, etc.; esp., that which is smaller than heavy timber.
  4. To heap together in disorder.
  5. To fill or encumber with lumber; as, to lumber up a room.
  6. To move heavily, as if burdened.
  7. To make a sound as if moving heavily or clumsily; to rumble.
  8. To cut logs in the forest, or prepare timber for market.

Lumber Quotations

Look at the bark of a redwood, and you see moss. If you peer beneath the bits and pieces of the moss, you'll see toads, small insects, a whole host of life that prospers in that miniature environment. A lumberman will look at a forest and see so many board feet of lumber. I see a living city.
Sylvia Earle

In externals we advance with lightening express speed, in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion.
Frances E. Willard

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Alexander Pope

A newspaper is lumber made malleable. It is ink made into words and pictures. It is conceived, born, grows up and dies of old age in a day.
Jim Bishop

I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.
David McCullough
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Lumber Translations

lumber in German is sich schleppen, Holz
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