British pronunciation/tˈɪmbɐ/
American pronunciation/ˈtɪmbɝ/
01

wood prepared to be used in carpentry and building

02

land that is covered with trees and shrubs

03

trees grown to be used in carpentry or construction

04

a beam made of wood

05

a post made of wood

06

the quality of a sound that is distinct from pitch, intensity and loudness

01

used to warn others that a tree is falling or about to fall

What is the origin and context of use of 'timber'?

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The interjection "timber" has its origins in the logging and forestry industry, where it is commonly used as a safety warning to alert others that a tree is being cut down and is about to fall. The practice of shouting "timber" serves to warn those nearby to move out of the way to avoid being struck by the falling tree.

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