American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Timber sawed into boards, planks, or other structural members of standard or specified length.
- n. Something useless or cumbersome.
- n. Chiefly British Miscellaneous stored articles.
- v. To cut down (trees) and prepare as marketable timber.
- v. To cut down the timber of.
- v. Chiefly British To clutter with or as if with unused articles.
- v. To cut and prepare timber for marketing.
- v. To walk or move with heavy clumsiness. See Synonyms at blunder.
- v. To move with a rumbling noise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a heavy rumbling noise; rumble: chiefly in the present participle.
- To move heavily or cumbrously: chiefly in the present participle.
- To stumble. Also lumper.
- n. Things, more or less bulky and cumbersome, thrown aside (or which may be thrown aside) as of no present use or value. Lumber usually includes old or broken boards, barrels, boxes, and other articles of possible future use, as distinguished from mere useless rubbish or refuse. Often used figuratively.
- n. Timber sawed or split for use, as beams, joists, boards, planks, staves, hoops, and the like.
- n. Useless and cumbersome weight, bulk, etc.
- n. Foolish or ribald talk.
- n. Harm; mischief.
- To heap together in disorder.
- To fill with lumber; encumber with anything useless: as, to lumber a room: often with up.
- To cut timber in the forest and prepare it for market.
- n. A pawnbroker's shop.
- n. A pledge; a pawn.
- To put in pawn; hence, to put in prison.
- n. uncountable Wood intended as a building material.
- n. Useless things that are stored away
- v. intransitive to move clumsily
- v. transitive to load down with things, to fill, to encumber
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A pawnbroker's shop, or room for storing articles put in pawn; hence, a pledge, or pawn.
- n. Old or refuse household stuff; things cumbrous, or bulky and useless, or of small value.
- n. U.S. Timber sawed or split into the form of beams, joists, boards, planks, staves, hoops, etc.; esp., that which is smaller than heavy timber.
- v. To heap together in disorder.
- v. To fill or encumber with lumber.
- v. To move heavily, as if burdened.
- v. To make a sound as if moving heavily or clumsily; to rumble.
- v. U.S. To cut logs in the forest, or prepare timber for market.
- v. cut lumber, as in woods and forests
- n. an implement used in baseball by the batter
- n. the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
- v. move heavily or clumsily
- Unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from lumber2.Middle English lomeren, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal loma, to move heavily. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In times of common calamity God manifests his favour to the elect remnant; his jewels, which he will then make up; his peculiar treasure, which he will secure when the lumber is abandoned to the spoiler.”
“A new matrix enters the equation with the heavy increase in lumber prices, as today reported in the NY Times.”
“He had given it out, rather vaguely, that he needed the animals for sledding lumber from the mill to his sluices, and right here is where Sitka Charley demonstrated his fitness.”
“Ain't I got two teams haulin 'lumber for the new winery? An”
“Backyard describes lumber from the tree scientifically named Cunninghamia lanceolata as cedar.”
“Since the alleged falsity here was “referring to lumber from a tree that is not classified as cedar in a scientific or botanical classification” as cedar, Rainbow had engaged in materially related inequitable conduct.”
“Alas, lumber is not an easily-renewable resource and once it's gone, it's gone for a long time, unless there is unlikely foresight to replant the ravaged slopes of this tropical forest.”
“An 'I take the whole outfit an' start Wednesday of next week haulin 'lumber for the buildin's, an' bricks for the kilns, an 'all the rest. An' when they're ready for the clay I 'm the boy that'll give it to them.”
“At the way lumber is now," he said, "four thousand could do it.”
“With accessibility in mind, the lumber is organized on the exterior of the building in rectangular cubby holes, creating a wonderful mosaic-like texture that proves that functionality and aesthetics can go hand-in-hand.”
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