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  • n. The business of felling trees for lumber.
  • adj. Clumsy or awkward.
  • adj. Heavy, slow and laborious; ponderous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The business of cutting or getting timber or logs from the forest for lumber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. slow and laborious because of weight
  • n. the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber


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

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  • And your second choice, Barnaby?

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