• Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  • Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
  • A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for something such as a roof.
  • Material for any structure.
  • The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.
  • A certain quantity of fur skins (as of martens, ermines, sables, etc.) packed between boards; in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty. Also timmer, timbre.
  • Misspelling of timbre



  • To fit with timbers.
  • To construct, frame, build.
  • To light or land on a tree.
  • To make a nest.
  • To surmount as a timber does.


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  • From Middle English tymber, from Old English timber, from Proto-Germanic *timrą, from Proto-Indo-European *dem- ("build, house") (see Proto-Indo-European *dṓm). Cognates include Dutch timmer, Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Norwegian tømmer, Old Norse timbr, Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽 ("to build"), Latin domus and Ancient Greek δόμος.

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