Definition of timber noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪmbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪmbər//
    Construction, Parts of boats and ships, Conservation
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  1. 1[uncountable] trees that are grown to be used in building or for making things the timber industry See related entries: Conservation
  2. 2[uncountable] (especially British English) (usually North American English lumber) wood that is prepared for use in building, etc. houses built of timber a solid timber door See related entries: Construction
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] a long heavy piece of wood used in building a house or ship roof timbers The house has exposed oak timbers. See related entries: Construction, Parts of boats and ships
  4. 4timber! used to warn people that a tree that has been cut is about to fall
  5. Word OriginOld English in the sense ‘a building’, also ‘building material’, of Germanic origin; related to German Zimmer ‘room’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘build’.
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