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- Hyphenation: tim‧ber
- Homophones: timbre
- (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
- (UK) (uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction. (US) lumber.
- (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for things such as roof; also (historically) in the plural, as in ship's timbers.
- (trees considered as a source of wood)
- (wood that has been cut ready for construction): lumber, wood
- (beam used to support a roof): beam, rafter
- Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.
From Proto-Germanic *timram from Proto-Indo-European *dem(H₂)- (“‘build, house’”). Cognates include Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Old Norse timbr and Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽 (timrjan), “‘to build’”).
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