Definition of "timber" [tim•ber]

  • Trees or wooded land considered as a source of wood. (noun)
  • Wood used as a building material; lumber. (noun)
  • A dressed piece of wood, especially a beam in a structure. (noun)
  • Nautical A rib in a ship's frame. (noun)
  • A person considered to have qualities suited for a particular activity: That trainee is executive timber. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "timber" in a sentence
  • "He was to take the timber at a valuation, and it is a sufficient proof of his ignorance of these matters, that he really did not know the difference between a hazel bush and an oak tree; for, although he was a very clever and an ingenious man in his way, yet he actually applied to me, to know how they would measure such _small timber_ as that which he pointed out to me, which was nothing more than a _hazel bush!"
  • "Rick, back in late July we saw one of your competitors sold some land, basically what they called a timber deed, and I'm curious if you care to comment on the structure."
  • "Starting last year, a certain timber company the club I hunt with leases land from, prohibited the use of dogs to deer hunt."