timber

Definitions

  • Timbered House in the Market Place, Godalming
    Timbered House in the Market Place, Godalming
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n timber a beam made of wood
    • n timber a post made of wood
    • n timber (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound) "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely","the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
    • n timber land that is covered with trees and shrubs
    • n timber the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Old Timbered House near Bletchingley Old Timbered House near Bletchingley
Automatic Steam Transfer for Timber, Lumber and Slabs Automatic Steam Transfer for Timber, Lumber and Slabs
Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.)
A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet,...
Timber wolves Timber wolves
Work of Timber Worms in Oak Work of Timber Worms in Oak
Upon this piece of timber I was carried away by the current Upon this piece of timber I was carried away by the current
Boat Knot.  Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch  Half Hitch  Timber Hitch Boat Knot. Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch Half Hitch Timber Hitch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Timber (Com) 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.
    • Timber (Shipbuilding) 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 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.""Many of the timbers were decayed."
    • Timber Fig.: Material for any structure. "Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of."
    • Timber 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. "And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . . And fiddled in the timber !"
    • Timber The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.
    • n Timber (Her) The crest on a coat of arms.
    • v. t Timber To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle. "His bark is stoutly timbered ."
    • Timber To light on a tree.
    • Timber (Falconry) To make a nest. "Where are the fishes which nidificated in trees?"
    • v. t Timber To surmount as a timber does.
    • Timber Woods or forest; wooden land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n timber In cricket, the stumps; the wickets: usually in the plural.
    • n timber In mining, a local name for a braced frame forming the roof and side-supports of a gallery or drilt. The bottom horizontal element or sill receives two side uprights, usually converging toward the top, and these support the head-piece or lintel under the roof. Planking may go in behind the heavy frame.
    • timber To furnish (a tunnel, drift, gallery, or other excavation) with braced frames of logs or squared timbers which support the roof and resist the caving in or crushing at the sides.
    • n timber Wood suitable for building houses or ships, or for use in carpentry, joinery, etc.; trees cut down and squared or capable of being squared and cut into beams, rafters, planks, boards, etc.
    • n timber Growing trees, yielding wood suitable for constructive uses; trees generally; woods. See timber-tree.
    • n timber In British law, the kind of tree which a tenant for life may not cut; in general, oak, ash, and elm of the age of twenty years and upward, unless so old as not to have a reasonable quantity of useful wood in them, the limit being, according to some authorities, enough to make a good post. Local customs include also some other trees, such as beech or hornbeam, and
    • n timber Stuff; material.
    • n timber A single piece of wood, either suitable for use in some construction or already in such use; a beam, either by itself or forming a member of any structure: as, the timbers of a house or of a bridge.
    • n timber Nautical, one of the curving pieces of wood branching upward from the keel of a vessel, forming the ribs.
    • n timber The wooden part of something, as the beam or handle of a spear.
    • n timber The stocks.
    • timber Constructed of timber; made of wood.
    • timber To build; make a nest.
    • timber To furnish with timber. See timbered.
    • n timber A certain number or tale of skins, being forty of marten, ermine, sable, and the like, and one hundred and twenty of others.
    • n timber In heraldry, originally, the crest; hence, in modern heraldry, the helmet, miter, coronet, etc., when placed over the arms in a complete achievement.
    • timber To surmount and decorate, as a crest does a coat of arms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Timber tim′bėr wood for building purposes: the trunk of a tree: material for any structure: one of the larger pieces of the framework of a house, ship, &c.: one of the planks forming the sides and roof of a gallery in a mine
    • v.t Timber to furnish with timber or beams
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Quotations

  • Douglas Malloch
    Douglas Malloch
    “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.”
  • Immanuel Kant
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    “Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.”
  • Overlung
    Overlung
    “Wit is brushwood; judgment timber; the one gives the greatest flame, and the other yields the most durable heat; and both meeting make the best fire.”
  • Pablo Neruda
    Pablo Neruda
    “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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. timbor, timber, wood, building; akin to OFries. timber, D. timmer, a room, G. zimmer, OHG. zimbar, timber, a dwelling, room, Icel. timbr, timber, Sw. timmer, Dan. tömmer, Goth. timrjan, to build, timrja, a builder, L. domus, a house, Gr. house, to build, Skr. dama, a house. √62. Cf. Dome Domestic

Usage

In literature:

The general Government has established timber preserves in several localities in the West.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The ranchhouse was well sheltered by timber.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I want to line out some timber sales on the west side of Ptarmigan.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
They are generally of slower growth, and produce harder timber than the conifers, but not necessarily so.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
As not enough seasoned timber was available for such a large structure green logs were being utilized.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The round walled shafts have a longer life than timbered shafts.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
The supporting platform will almost always be of wood and may vary from brushwood or light poles to heavy timbers and plank.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
We felled a big tree across the stream, and with boughs and other timber, improvised a bridge.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
It is well stored with excellent timber and abounds with navigable rivers and streams.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
There are some prairies, some thickly timbered land, some heavy timbered.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Both canyons are superbly wooded at their outlets, and lead rapidly up to timber-line.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The river is running full of timber, houses, goods, etc.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Now, here it is: What could I do, with this old timber I hobble on?
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They haunt in timber, and usually by the banks of streams or other waters.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Slash my timbers if I iver see such a pair!
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
We moved out past some timber to where the cavalry were skirmishing with rebel troops posted in the woods beyond.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
Rick noted as they went through the entrance that the old mine timbers were pretty well rotted through.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Most of the timber men knew Mike, or had heard of the trapper, and he was generally welcomed at any camp he visited.
"Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
We heard the crazy droning of the sick engine; the wash of the quiet water; the straining of the timbers.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
That height, too, makes timbering easy.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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In poetry:

I dream that I remember
A dim and distant day,
Beyond yon misty timber,
In the Home-world far away.
"Jack Cornstalk as a Poet" by Henry Lawson
For them the bush is just a place
Of timber, cows and corn,
They’ve never been up our creek
On a cool November morn.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
'And while I worked it made me think
Of timber's varied doom;
One inch where people eat and drink,
The next inch in a tomb.
"The Workbox" by Thomas Hardy
And now whenever a wrong is done
It thrills the conscious walls;
The stone from the basement cries aloud
And the beam from the timber calls.
"In The "Old South"" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hither the busy birds shall flutter,
With the light timber for their nests,
And, pausing from their labor, utter
The morning sunshine in their breasts.
"On Planting A Tree At Inveraray" by James Russell Lowell
By night and by day the Troll wrought on;
He hewed the timbers, he piled the stone;
But day by day, as the walls rose fair,
Darker and sadder grew Esbern Snare.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Artur Aghasyan of Cal FB heads for the Timbers' goal and the lone score in their 1-0 win Wednesday night.
HUMBOLDT – The Timber Heritage Association's recreational " speeder " rides are becoming increasingly controversial and plans for a new, expanded run caused a stir after the group's volunteers did unauthorized track work.
Check out the Stand Together Week 2012 site that lists 40 different projects supported by the Portland Timbers and their corporate partners where volunteers are needed.
View full size Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian Timbers coach John Spencer was ejected late in Saturday night's match.
View full size Chivas USA Ben Zemanski of Chivas USA tries to fend off Futty Danso (left) and Hanyer Mosquera (right) during Chivas USA's 1-0 victory against the Timbers on July 18.
View full size Leah Parr / Portland Timbers Portland Timbers U-23 forward Erik Hurtado, right, controls the ball in their game against the Kitsap Pumas on Sunday at Hare Field.
Tannery Creek Market/ Timber Ridge Microbrew Color Tour & Fall Festival.
Thunderous crowd set to greet Timbers.
Officials estimate there are 20 timber rattlesnake s left in New Hampshire.
We're learning more about a timber rattlesnake that was found in a Raymond family's garage earlier this week.
Timber wolf or coyote.
Introduced its new Timber Wolf 1-1/2-wide by.052-thick blade.
The St Louis County Sheriff's Department says a body was discovered in the burned out living quarters of the Timber Wolf Lodge near Babbitt.
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin' On.
Toronto's Taylor Kirk and his project Timber Timbre play a haunting set of dark cinematic folk live on KEXP.
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In science:

The population was subdivided into nine strata on the basis of the timber volume per unit area, as determined from aerial photographs.
Optimum allocation in multivariate stratified random sampling: Stochastic matrix optimisation
The population was subdivided into nine strata on the basis of the timber volume per unit area, as determined from aerial photographs.
Multivariate stratified sampling by stochastic multiobjective optimisation
The population was subdivided into nine strata on the basis of the timber volume per unit area, as determined from aerial photographs.
A modified Pr\'ekopa's approach in optimum allocation in multivariate stratified random sampling
The whistle register is so called because the shrill timber of the notes that are produced from this register are similar to that of a whistle or the upper notes of a flute.
Music in Terms of Science
Several studies have examined impacts of timber harvesting in these forests.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Boxman, O., Graaf, N.R.de, Hendrison, J., Jonkers, W.B.J., Poels, R.L.H., Schmidt, P. and Tjon Lim Sang, R. (1985) - Towards sustained timber production from tropical rain forests in Suriname.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Preston, R.A. and Vanclay, J.K. (1988) - Calculation of timber yields from north Queensland rainforests.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Manage. 42:143-168. Vanclay, J.K. and Preston, R.A. (1989) - Sustainable timber harvesting in the rainforests of northern Queensland. In Forest Planning for People, Proceedings of 13th biennial conference of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, Leura, NSW, 18-22 September 1989.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Treatment of unproductive rainforest attempting to produce a viable timber harvest. 9.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
In the US this was through the Federal US Forest Service and through State agencies; in Canada this was the Canadian Forest Service; in Australia this was through the Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau in conjunction with various state authorities.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Technical Report Leaflet 100, Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Technical Report Leaflet 107, Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
For example, hyperspectral images have been recently used successfully for mapping the timber species in tropical forestry [?].
Enhancing hyperspectral image unmixing with spatial correlations
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