Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The business of cutting timber in a forest and preparing it for market.
  • Awkward; cumbrous; heavy in action; encumbering.
  • Rumbling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun U.S. The business of cutting or getting timber or logs from the forest for lumber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US The business of felling trees for lumber.
  • adjective Clumsy or awkward.
  • adjective Heavy, slow and laborious; ponderous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective slow and laborious because of weight
  • noun the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber

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Examples

  • The buildings look animate, Elizabeth, as though they are about to begin lumbering forward — perhaps to scrape against the wires in order to remove the barnacles.

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  • I am a huge fan of fast, movie style fiction, so the slow lumbering is too much for me.

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  • Didn't you see the 263 word lumbering monster of a comment I painfully and needlessly deposited late yesterday evening.

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  • Conservative lumbering, which is the term used by foresters to designate the opposite of wasteful lumbering, will be described more fully later in this study.

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  • Before the eighteenth century is called lumbering, let us set a page of Hume against a page of Hobbes, or a passage out of Berkeley by a passage out of Selden.

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  • Brockman: Yes, well … Homer, organized labor has been called a lumbering dinosaur …

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  • Brockman: Yes, well … Homer, organized labor has been called a lumbering dinosaur …

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  • In further bilingual fun, Lucille Ball on an old Jack Benny TV show (rerun Sept. 24, 1981) dubbed lumbering John Wayne "El Klutzo" [kluhts, var. of klots ` log '].

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  • The foot through the motel lifted off like some kind of lumbering rocket ship.

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  • The foot through the motel lifted off like some kind of lumbering rocket ship.

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  • And your second choice, Barnaby?

    My second choice is Maréchal, me voilà! by François Mitterand. In his unusually candid autobiography, the man who was to become President of France ruefully admits that if he had known how the Second World War was going to turn out, he would probably have chosen the other side. In a delightful postscript he writes that he now regrets lumbering the French taxpayer with the cost of running two households.

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    October 22, 2010

  • My adjectival use: 'The load was falling off the lumbering cart.'

    August 22, 2011