There are 3 definitions of lumber in English:

lumber1

Line breaks: lum¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌmbə
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]

Origin

late Middle English lomere, perhaps symbolic of clumsy movement.

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There are 3 definitions of lumber in English:

lumber2

Line breaks: lum¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌmbə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 2chiefly North American Timber sawn into rough planks or otherwise partly prepared: he sat at a makeshift desk of unfinished lumber [as modifier]: a lumber company
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    • A total of six ships have put in here asking for both furs and lumber in the past two months.
    • A major trade dispute is brewing over the export of Canadian softwood lumber to the United States.
    • Penetrating stains or preservative treatments are preferred for rough sawn lumber.
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  • 1 [with object] (usually be lumbered with) British informal Burden (someone) with something unwanted: the banks do not want to be lumbered with a building that they cannot sell
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    • Given that it is unlikely that the State will wish to be lumbered with the crushing financial burden of this obsolete dinosaur from a decadent age, an interested body of Sligo citizens should be formed immediately.
    • Low cost of ownership through self-tuning, self-management capabilities means suppliers are not lumbered with costly end-user support, and end-users do not have to employ database administrators.
    • The bad news is that, apparently, work at Bow Road is due to continue until July 2005, nine months later than originally planned, so you're lumbered with my regular renovation updates for another year at least.
    Synonyms
    burden, saddle, encumber, hamper, impose on, load, oppress, trouble, tax
    informal land, dump something on someone
  • 2 [no object] (usually as noun lumbering) chiefly North American Cut and prepare forest timber for transport and sale: the traditional resource industries of the nation, chiefly fishing and lumbering
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    • As part of the agreement, Pacific Lumber agrees to strict monitoring of and restrictions on lumbering in its other forest holdings.
    • Fishing, like lumbering, was in decline, and enterprises which produced only red ink were being quickly jettisoned by those who didn't like that colour.
    • Fishing and lumbering became major enterprises.

Origin

mid 16th century: perhaps from lumber1; later associated with obsolete lumber 'pawnbroker's shop'.

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There are 3 definitions of lumber in English:

lumber3

Line breaks: lum¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌmbə
 
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Scottish informal

verb

[with object]
  • Casually strike up a relationship with (a prospective sexual partner): he lumbered her from a pub in London

noun

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  • A person regarded as a prospective sexual partner: they end the evening in a disco where they wait for a lumber
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    • The hub was the union where, he said, ‘you could eat, drink and find yourself a lumber for the night, or whatever’.
    • In the admittedly unlikely event of his coming back to see how Scotland is progressing, he will have no problem getting a lumber.

Origin

1960s: of unknown origin.

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