lumber


lumber
lumber1
lumberer, n.lumberless, adj.
/lum"beuhr/, n.
1. timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
2. miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.
v.i.
3. to cut timber and prepare it for market.
4. to become useless or to be stored away as useless.
v.t.
5. to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber: We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
6. to heap together in disorder.
7. to fill up or obstruct with miscellaneous useless articles; encumber.
[1545-55; orig. n. use of LUMBER2; i.e., useless goods that weigh one down, impede one's movements]
lumber2
lumberly, adj.
/lum"beuhr/, v.i.
1. to move clumsily or heavily, esp. from great or ponderous bulk: overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
2. to make a rumbling noise.
[1300-50; ME lomeren; cf. dial. Sw lomra to resound, loma to walk heavily]
Syn. 1. trudge, barge, plod.

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Collective term for harvested wood, whether cut into logs, heavy timbers, or members used in light-frame construction.

Lumber is classified as hardwood or softwood (see wood). The term often refers specifically to the products derived from logs in a sawmill. Conversion of logs to sawed lumber involves debarking, sawing into boards or slabs, resawing into thinner boards of varying sizes, edging, crosscutting to square the ends and remove defects, grading according to strength and appearance, and drying in the open air or in kilns. Drying below the fiber-saturation point results in shrinkage and generally greater strength, stiffness, and density and better prepares the wood for finishing. Preservatives are often applied to protect the wood from deterioration and decay.

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  • lumber — lumber1 [lum′bər] n. [< ? LOMBARD: orig., pawnbroker s shop or storeroom, hence pawned articles in storage, hence stored articles, hence lumber] 1. miscellaneous discarded household articles, furniture, etc. stored away or taking up room ☆ 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Lumber — Lum ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lumbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lumbering}.] 1. To heap together in disorder. Stuff lumbered together. Rymer. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill or encumber with lumber; as, to lumber up a room. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lumber — lum‧ber [ˈlʌmbə ǁ ər] noun [uncountable] wood that has been prepared for sale; = TIMBER: • The company operates 50 lumber and building material retail stores. * * * lumber UK US /ˈlʌmbər/ noun [U] NATURAL RESOURCES ► TIMBER( …   Financial and business terms

  • lumber — [v1] walk heavily, clumsily barge, clump, galumph, lump, plod, shamble, shuffle, slog, stump, trudge, trundle, waddle; concept 151 Ant. glide lumber [v2] burden charge, cumber, encumber, impose upon, lade, land, load, saddle, tax, weigh; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • Lumber — Lum ber, v. i. 1. To move heavily, as if burdened. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. dial. Sw. lomra to resound.] To make a sound as if moving heavily or clumsily; to rumble. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 3. To cut logs in the forest, or prepare timber for market …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lumber — Lumber, so v.w. Fettgans …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • lumber — *stumble, trip, blunder, lurch, flounder, galumph, lollop, bumble …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lumber — ► VERB ▪ move in a slow, heavy, awkward way. ORIGIN perhaps symbolic of clumsy movement …   English terms dictionary

  • Lumber — Timber redirects here. For other uses, see Timber (disambiguation). Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill …   Wikipedia

  • lumber — {{11}}lumber (n.) timber sawn into rough planks, 1660s, Amer.Eng. (Massachusetts), earlier disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects (1550s), probably from LUMBER (Cf. lumber) (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian… …   Etymology dictionary


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