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A boat covered with canvas or other cloth.

TILT'ED, pp.

  1. Inclined; made to stoop; covered with cloth or awning.
  2. Hammered; prepared by beating; as steel.


  1. One who tilts; one who uses the exercise of pushing a lance on horseback; one who fights. Let me alone to match your tilter. Granville.
  2. One who hammers with a tilt.

TILTH, n. [Sax. tilth; from till.]

  1. That which is tilled; tillage ground. [Not in use.]
  2. The state of being tilled or prepared for a crop. We say, land is in good tilth, when it is manured, plowed, broken and mellowed for receiving the seed. We say also, ground is in bad tilth. When we say, land is in tilth, we mean in good condition for the seed; not in tilth, in a bad condition.

TILT'-HAM-MER, n. [tilt and hammer.]

A heavy hammer used in iron works, which is lifted by a wheel.


Inclining, causing to stoop or lean; using the game of thrusting with the lance on horseback; also, hammering with a tilt-hammer


A kettle drum.

TIM'BER, n. [Sax. timber, wood, a tree, structure; timbrian, to build, to edify, in a moral sense; Goth. timbryan, to construct; Sw. timmer, wood fit for building; timra, to build, to frame; Dan. tömmer, timber; tömrer, to build; D. timmer, an apartment; timber, a crest; timmeren, to build; timmerhout, timber; G. zimmer, an apartment; zimmern, to square, fit, fabricate; zimmerholz, timber. If m is radical, which is probable, this word coincides with Gr. δεμω, L. domus, a house, and Gr. δεμας, the body. The primary sense is probably to set, lay or found.]

  1. That sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships and the like. We apply the word to standing trees which are suitable for the uses above mentioned, as a forest contains excellent timber; or to the beams, rafters, scantling, boards, planks, &c. hewed or sawed from such trees. Of all the species of trees useful as timber, in our climate, the white oak and the white pine hold the first place in importance.
  2. The body or stem of a tree. Shak.
  3. The materials; in irony. Such dispositions – are the fittest timber to make politics of. Bacon.
  4. A single piece or squared stick of wood for building, or already framed. Many of the timbers were decayed. Coxe's Switzerland.
  5. In ships, a timber is a rib or curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united in one frame. Mar. Dict.

TIM'BER, v.i.

  1. To light on a tree. [Not in use.] L'Estrange.
  2. In falconry, to make a nest. Cyc. Timber or timmer of furs, as of martens, ermines, sables and the like, denotes forty skins; of other skins, one hundred and twenty. Laws of Ed. Confessor. Timbers of ermine, in heraldry, denote the ranks or rows of ermine in noblemen's coats.

TIM'BER, v.t.

To furnish with timber. [See Timbered.]

TIM'BER-ED, pp. [or adj.]

  1. Furnished with timber; as, a well timbered house. In the United States, we say, land is well timbered, when it is covered with good timber trees.
  2. Built; formed; contrived. [Little used.] Wotton.

TIM'BER-HEAD, n. [timber and head.]

In ships, the top end of a timber, rising above the gunwale, and serving for belaying ropes, &c.; otherwise called kevel-head. Mar. Dict.


Furnishing with timber.


A worm in wood. Bacon.

TIM'BER-TREE, n. [timber and tree.]

A tree suitable for timber.

TIM'BER-WORK, n. [timber and work.]

Work formed of wood.

TIM'BER-YARD, n. [timber and yard.]

A yard or place where timber is deposited.

TI'MBRE, n. [D. timber.]

A crest on a coat of arms. It ought to be written timber.

TIM'BREL, n. [Sp. tamboril, a tabor or drum; It. tamburo; Fr. tambourin, tambour; Ir. tiompan; L. tympanum; Gr. τυμπανον. This is probably the same as tabor, or from the same root; m being casual. It is from beating; Gr. τυπτω.]

An instrument of music; a kind of drum, tabor or tabret, which has been in use from the highest antiquity. And Miriam took a timbrel in her hand – and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. Exod. xv.


Sung to the sound of the timbrel. Milton.

TIME, n. [Sax. tim, tima, time in general; Dan. time, Sw. timme, an hour; L. tempus; It. and Port. tempo; Sp. tiempo; Fr. temps, time in general; all from the root of the Sw. tima, to happen, to come, to befall, but the root in some of its applications, must have signified to rush with violence. Hence the sense of temples, L. tempora, the falls of the head, also tempest, &c. See Tempest. Time is primarily equivalent to season; to the Gr. ὡρα in its original sense, opportunity, occasion, a fall, an event, that which comes.]

  1. A particular portion or part of duration, whether past, present or future. The time was; the time has been; the time is; the time will be. Lost time is never found again. Franklin. God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets. Heb. i.
  2. A proper time; a season. There is a time to every purpose. Eccles. iii. The time of figs was not yet. Mark. xi.
  3. Duration. The equal and uniform flux of time does not affect our senses. Cyc. Time is absolute or relative; absolute time is considered without any relation to bodies or their motions. Relative time is the sensible measure of any portion of duration, by means of motion. Thus the diurnal revolution of the sun measures a space of time or duration. Hence,
  4. A space or measured portion of duration. We were in Paris two months, and all that time enjoyed good health.
  5. Life or duration in reference to occupation. One man spends his time in idleness; another devotes all his time to useful purposes. Believe me, your time is not your own; it belongs to God, to religion, to mankind. Buckminster.
  6. Age; a part of duration distinct from other parts; as, ancient times; modern times. The Spanish armada was defeated in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
  7. Hour of travail. She was within one mouth of her time. Clarendon.
  8. Repetition; repeated performance, or mention with reference to repetition. The physician visits his patient three times in a day.
  9. Repetition; doubling; addition of a number to itself; as, to double cloth four times; four times four amount to sixteen.
  10. Measure of sounds in music; as, common time, and treble time. In concerts, it is all important that the performers keep time, or exact time.
  11. The state of things at a particular period; as when we say, good times, or bad times, hard times, dull times for trade, &c. In this sense, the plural is generally used.
  12. The present life; as, in time or eternity.
  13. In grammar, tense. In time, in good season; sufficiently early. He arrived in time to see the exhibition. #2. A considerable space of duration; process or continuation of duration. You must wait patiently; you will in time recover your health and strength. At times, at distinct intervals of duration. At times he reads; at other times he rides. The spirit began to move him at times. Judges xiii. Time enough, in season; early enough. Stanley at Bosworth-field, came time enough to save his life. Bacon. To lose time, to delay. #2. To go too slow; as, a watch or clock loses time. Apparent time, in astronomy, true solar time, regulated by the apparent motions of the sun. Mean time, equated time, a mean or average of apparent time. Sidereal time, is that which is shown by the apparent diurnal revolutions of the stars.

TIME, v.t.

  1. To adapt to the time or occasion; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, the measure is well timed, or ill timed. No small part of political wisdom consists in knowing how to time propositions and measures. Mercy is good, but kings mistake its timing. Dryden.
  2. To regulate as to time; as, he timed the stroke. Addison.
  3. To measure; as in music or harmony. Shak.

TIM-ED, pp.

Adapted to the season or occasion.


Seasonable; timely; sufficiently early. [Not much used.] Ralegh.


Honored for a long time.