Ground timbers

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ground timbers (Shipbuilding) the timbers which lie on the keel and are bolted to the keelson; floor timbers.
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Usage

In literature:

This was a substantial Gothic building, with several acres of well timbered ground and gardens.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The whole surface of the ground was one mass of rotten timber, covered with various descriptions of moss and ferns.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Impelled by the force of the current, they cut through the raft, where the timber was rotten, and then grounded.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
These trees become smaller and smaller in size until at the extreme timber line they are almost prostrate upon the ground.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
They were on foot, and the trail led them over some soft ground, and then through a big patch of burnt timber.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
The boys, however, are never taken to the timber or fields when the ground is damp or the weather is cold and unfavorable.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
The roads were heavier, the country more thickly timbered, and the ground more hilly.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The ends of big timbers in her hull were ground to pulp and matchwood.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Ground's pretty soft for working, and we've got plenty of timber.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
A pine wood of heavy original growth furnishes the ground and the timber.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
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In poetry:

The timbers of that mill have fed
Long since a farmer's fires;
His doorsteps are the stones that ground
The harvest of his sires.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"I could tell you of a 'possum hunt across the wooded grounds,
I could call to mind the sweetness of the baying of the hounds,
You could lift me up and smelling of the timber that 's in me,
Build again a whole green forest with the mem'ry of a tree.
"The Voice Of The Banjo" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Believed to have started when a rock fall broke electric trolley wires, which then ignited timber and a wooden flush pipe, the fire lay 250 feet below ground.
Miller Timber Services tests new grounds and ideas to find profitable solutions.
Timbers defender David Horst sends DC United forward Chris Pontius to the ground near the Timbers' goal and is called for a foul.
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