timber

n.

  1. 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.
  2. The crest on a coat of arms.
  3. 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.
  4. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.
  5. Fig.: Material for any structure.
  6. 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.
  7. Woods or forest; wooden land.
  8. 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.

v. t.

  1. To surmount as a timber does.
  2. To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle.

v. i.

  1. To light on a tree.
  2. To make a nest.