Webster 1913 Edition
[Probably the same word as
timbersort of wood; cf. Sw.
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
The crest on a coat of arms.
To surmount as a timber does.
timber, wood, building; akin to OFries.
timmera room, G.
zimbartimber, a dwelling, room, Icel.
timrjaa builder, L.
domusa house, Gr. [GREEK] house, [GREEK] to build, Skr.
damaa house. √62. Cf.
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.
And ta’en my fiddle to the gate, . . .
And fiddled in the
And fiddled in the
The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.
Fig.: Material for any structure.
Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest
timberto make politics of.
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.
So they prepared
timber. . . to build the house.
1 Kings v. 18.
Many of the
Woods or forest; wooden land.
[Western U. S.]
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.
Timber and room.
Room and space. See under
any one of numerous species of beetles the larvae of which bore in timber;–
as, the silky.
the American woodcock.
[Local, U. S.]–
any species of grouse that inhabits woods, as the ruffed grouse and spruce partridge; – distinguished from prairie grouse.–
a kind of hitch used for temporarily marking fast a rope to a spar. See Illust. under–
a kind of instrument upon which soldiers were formerly compelled to ride for punishment.
a metal tool or pointed instrument for marking timber.
Timber worm, below.
a tree suitable for timber.–
any larval insect which burrows in timber.–
a yard or place where timber is deposited.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To furnish with timber; – chiefly used in the past participle.
His bark is stoutly
To light on a tree.
To make a nest.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That sort of wood which is proper for building or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships and the like. We apply the word to standing trees which are suitable for the uses above mentioned, as a forest contains excellent timber; or to the beams, rafters, scantling, boards, planks, &c. hewed or sawed from such trees. Of all the species of trees useful as timber, in our climate, the white oak and the white pine hold the first place in importance.
2.The body or stem of a tree.
3.The materials; in irony.
Such dispositions--are the fittest timber to make politics of.
4.A single piece or squared stick of wood for building, or already framed.
Many of the timbers were decayed.
5.In ships, a timber is a rib or curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united in one frame.
1.In falconry, to make a nest.
Timber or timmer of furs, as of martens, ermines, sables and the like, denotes forty skins; of other skins, one hundred and twenty.
Timber of ermine, in heraldry, denote the ranks or rows of ermine in noblemen's coats.