Timber and room. (Shipbuilding) Same as Room and space. See under Room.Timber beetle (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of beetles the larvæ of which bore in timber; as, the silky timber beetle Timber doodle(Zoöl.), the American woodcock. [Local, U. S.] — Timber grouse(Zoöl.), 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. (Zoöl.) Same as Timber worm, below. Bacon. Timber tree, a tree suitable for timber.Timber worm(Zoöl.), any larval insect which burrows in timber.Timber yard, a yard or place where timber is deposited.

(Tim"ber) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Timbered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Timbering.] To furnish with timber; — chiefly used in the past participle.

His bark is stoutly timbered.

(Tim"ber), v. i.

1. To light on a tree. [Obs.]

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. [Written also timbre.]

(Tim"ber), n. [F. timbre. See Timbre.] (Her.) The crest on a coat of arms. [Written also timbre.]

(Tim"ber), v. t. To surmount as a timber does. [Obs.]

(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. tömmer, Goth. timrjan to build, timrja a builder, L. domus a house, Gr. house, to build, Skr. dama a house. &radic62. 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.

And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . .
And fiddled in the timber!

2. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.

3. Fig.: Material for any structure.

Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of.

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.

So they prepared timber . . . to build the house.
1 Kings v. 18.

Many of the timbers were decayed.
W. Coxe.

5. Woods or forest; wooden land. [Western U. S.]

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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