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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Timber \Tim"ber\, n. [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. t["o]mmer, Goth. timrjan to build, timrja a builder, L. domus a house, Gr. ? house, ? to build, Skr. dama a house. [root]62. Cf. Dome, Domestic.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . . And fiddled in the timber! --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Material for any structure. [1913 Webster] Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] So they prepared timber . . . to build the house. --1 Kings v. 18. [1913 Webster] Many of the timbers were decayed. --W. Coxe. [1913 Webster] 5. Woods or forest; wooden land. [Western U. S.] [1913 Webster] 6. (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. [1913 Webster] Timber and room. (Shipbuilding) Same as Room and space. See under Room. Timber beetle (Zool.), any one of numerous species of beetles the larvae of which bore in timber; as, the silky timber beetle (Lymexylon sericeum). Timber doodle (Zool.), the American woodcock. [Local, U. S.] Timber grouse (Zool.), any species of grouse that inhabits woods, as the ruffed grouse and spruce partridge; -- distinguished from prairie grouse. Timber hitch (Naut.), a kind of hitch used for temporarily marking fast a rope to a spar. See Illust. under Hitch. Timber mare, a kind of instrument upon which soldiers were formerly compelled to ride for punishment. --Johnson. Timber scribe, a metal tool or pointed instrument for marking timber. --Simmonds. Timber sow. (Zool.) Same as Timber worm, below. --Bacon. Timber tree, a tree suitable for timber. Timber worm (Zool.), any larval insect which burrows in timber. Timber yard, a yard or place where timber is deposited. [1913 Webster]