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TIMBER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does timber mean? 

TIMBER (noun)
  The noun TIMBER has 5 senses:

1. the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
2. a beam made of wood
3. a post made of wood
4. land that is covered with trees and shrubs
5. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

  Familiarity information: TIMBER used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TIMBER (noun)


Sense 1timber [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

lumber; timber

Hypernyms ("timber" is a kind of...):

building material (material used for constructing buildings)

Meronyms (substance of "timber"):

wood (the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "timber"):

stock (lumber used in the construction of something)

strip (thin piece of wood or metal)

board; plank (a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes)

planking (planks collectively; a quantity of planks)


Sense 2timber [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A beam made of wood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("timber" is a kind of...):

beam (long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "timber"):

coulisse (a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel)

sternpost ((nautical) the principal upright timber at the stern of a vessel)

stringer (a long horizontal timber to connect uprights)

two-by-four (a timber measuring (slightly under) 2 inches by 4 inches in cross section)


Sense 3timber [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A post made of wood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("timber" is a kind of...):

post (an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position)


Sense 4timber [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Land that is covered with trees and shrubs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

woodland; timberland; forest; timber

Hypernyms ("timber" is a kind of...):

biome (a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate)

dry land; earth; ground; land; solid ground; terra firma (the solid part of the earth's surface)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "timber"):

tree farm (a forest (or part of a forest) where trees are grown for commercial use)

greenwood (woodlands in full leaf)

jungle (an impenetrable equatorial forest)

rain forest; rainforest (a forest with heavy annual rainfall)

riparian forest (woodlands along the banks of stream or river)

silva; sylva (the forest trees growing in a country or region)

Instance hyponyms:

Sherwood Forest (an ancient forest in central England; formerly a royal hunting ground; said to be the home of Robin Hood and his merry band)

Black Forest; Schwarzwald (a hilly forest region in southwestern Germany)


Sense 5timber [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

timbre; tone; quality; timber

Context examples:

the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely / the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet

Hypernyms ("timber" is a kind of...):

sound property (an attribute of sound)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "timber"):

register ((music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments)

shrillness; stridence; stridency (having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound)

plangency; resonance; reverberance; ringing; sonority; sonorousness; vibrancy (having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant)

nasality (a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators)

color; coloration; colour; colouration (the timbre of a musical sound)

resonance (the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities)

harmonic (any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental)


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