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Definition of Timber


  1. A certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also timmer.
  2. The crest on a coat of arms.
  3. To surmount as a timber does.
  4. That sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships, and the like; -- usually said of felled trees, but sometimes of those standing. Cf. Lumber, 3.
  5. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.
  6. Fig.: Material for any structure.
  7. A single piece or squared stick of wood intended for building, or already framed; collectively, the larger pieces or sticks of wood, forming the framework of a house, ship, or other structure, in distinction from the covering or boarding.
  8. Woods or forest; wooden land.
  9. A rib, or a curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel and bending upward in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united.
  10. To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle.
  11. To light on a tree.
  12. To make a nest.

Timber Quotations

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
Pablo Neruda

It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms.
John Millington Synge

I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment and a sustainable timber industry.
Frank Murkowski

Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
Gerard Manley Hopkins

If you manage to stop the timber industry from cutting this forest, they'll cut that forest. If you stop oil drilling here, they'll go drill there.
Woody Harrelson
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Timber Translations

timber in Afrikaans is hout
timber in Dutch is hout
timber in Finnish is puu
timber in German is Balken, Bauholz
timber in Italian is legno, legname da costruzione
timber in Norwegian is ved
timber in Portuguese is madeira
timber in Swedish is timmer, virke
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