Timber! That's the call of warning you hear before a tree falls. That's because those lumberjacks are going to use the tree to make timber, otherwise known as "lumber" or the wood used for construction.

Timber can actually be the trees used to make or build something, or the wood that comes from those trees, which you could also call "lumber." You might think that when a pirate yells "shiver me timbers!" he's referring to his wooden peg leg. But the timbers he's talking about are actually the boards and planks used to build the frame of a ship.

Definitions of timber
  1. noun
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
    synonyms: lumber
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    lumber used in the construction of something
    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
    planks collectively; a quantity of planks
    a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
    a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
    a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
    furring, furring strip
    strip used to give a level surface for attaching wallboard
    jackstraw, spillikin
    a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
    a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)
    pale, picket
    a wooden strip forming part of a fence
    one of a pair of planks used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
    slat, spline
    a thin strip (wood or metal)
    a flexible strip (wood or rubber) used in drawing curved lines
    pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
    strake, wale
    thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
    chipboard, hardboard
    a cheap hard material made from wood chips that are pressed together and bound with synthetic resin
    a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
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    building material
    material used for constructing buildings
  2. noun
    a beam made of wood
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    a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel
    (nautical) the principal upright timber at the stern of a vessel
    a long horizontal timber to connect uprights
    a timber measuring (slightly under) 2 inches by 4 inches in cross section
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    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  3. noun
    a post made of wood
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    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
  4. noun
    land that is covered with trees and shrubs
    synonyms: forest, timberland, woodland
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    Black Forest
    a hilly forest region in southwestern Germany
    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
    a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
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    woodlands in full leaf
    riparian forest
    woodlands along the banks of stream or river
    silva, sylva
    the forest trees growing in a country or region
    tree farm
    a forest (or part of a forest) where trees are grown for commercial use
    an area planted with pine trees or related conifers
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    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
  5. noun
    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    synonyms: quality, timbre, tone
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    any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
    the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
    color, coloration, colour, colouration
    the timbre of a musical sound
    a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
    plangency, resonance, reverberance, ringing, sonority, sonorousness, vibrancy
    having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
    shrillness, stridence, stridency
    having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
    (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
    nasal twang, twang
    exaggerated nasality in speech (as in some regional dialects)
    head register, head tone, head voice
    the higher ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; the vibrations of sung notes are felt in the head
    chest register, chest tone, chest voice
    the lower ranges of the voice in speaking or singing
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    sound property
    an attribute of sound
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