Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Tilt-mill noun A mill where a tilt hammer is used, or where the process of tilting is carried on.
Tilt-up noun (Zoology) Same as Tip-up .
Tilt-yard noun A yard or place for tilting. "The tilt-yard of Templestowe." Sir W. Scott.
[ Anglo-Saxon til...
, from tilian
to till. See Till
to cultivate.] 1. The state of being tilled, or prepared for a crop; culture; as, land is good tilth .
The tilth and rank fertility of its golden youth. De Quincey. 2. That which is tilled; tillage ground.
And so by tilth and grange . . . Tennyson.
We gained the mother city.
Tilting noun Tilting helmet , a helmet of large size and unusual weight and strength, worn at tilts.
1. The act of one who tilts; a tilt. 2. The process by which blister steel is rendered ductile by being forged with a tilt hammer.
Timal noun (Zoology) The blue titmouse. [ Prov. Eng.]
Timaline adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the genus Timalus or family Timalidæ , which includes the babblers thrushes, and bulbuls.
Timbal noun A kettledrum. See Tymbal .
[ French, prop., a kettledrum; -- so named from the form of the mold used. Confer Timbal
.] (Cookery) A seasoned preparation, as of chicken, lobster, cheese, or fish, cooked in a drum-shaped mold; also, a pastry case, usually small, filled with a cooked mixture.
[ Probably the same word as timber
sort of wood; confer Swedish timber
, LG. timmer
, Middle High German zimber
, German zimmer
, French timbre
, Late Latin timbrium
. Confer Timmer
.] (Com.) A certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also timmer .
[ Written also timbre
[ French timbre
. See Timbre
.] (Her.) The crest on a coat of arms.
[ Written also timbre
Timber transitive verb To surmount as a timber does. [ Obsolete]
[ Anglo-Saxon timbor
, wood, building; akin to OFries. timber
, Dutch timmer
a room, German zimmer
, Old High German zimbar
timber, a dwelling, room, Icelandic timbr
timber, Swedish timmer
, Danish tömmer
, Goth. timrjan
to build, timrja
a builder, Latin domus
a house, Greek ... house, ... to build, Sanskrit dama
a house. √62. Confer Dome
.] 1. That sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships, and the like; -- usually said of felled trees, but sometimes of those standing. Confer Lumber , 3.
And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . . Tennyson. 2. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree. 3. Fig.: Material for any structure.
And fiddled in the timber !
Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of. Bacon. 4. A single piece or squared stick of wood intended for building, or already framed; collectively, the larger pieces or sticks of wood, forming the framework of a house, ship, or other structure, in distinction from the covering or boarding.
So they prepared timber . . . to build the house. 1 Kings v. 18.
Many of the timbers were decayed. W. Coxe. 5. Woods or forest; wooden land.
[ Western U. S.] 6. (Shipbuilding) A rib, or a curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel and bending upward in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united. Timber and room
. (Shipbuilding) Same as Room and space . See under Room .
-- Timber beetle (Zoology)
, any one of numerous species of beetles the larvæ of which bore in timber; as, the silky timber beetle ( Lymexylon sericeum ).
-- Timber doodle (Zoology)
, the American woodcock.
[ Local, U. S.] -- Timber grouse (Zoology)
, any species of grouse that inhabits woods, as the ruffed grouse and spruce partridge; -- distinguished from prairie grouse .
-- Timber hitch (Nautical)
, a kind of hitch used for temporarily marking fast a rope to a spar. See Illust. under Hitch .
-- Timber mare
, a kind of instrument upon which soldiers were formerly compelled to ride for punishment. Johnson.
-- Timber scribe
, a metal tool or pointed instrument for marking timber. Simmonds.
-- Timber sow
. (Zoology) Same as Timber worm , below. Bacon.
-- Timber tree
, a tree suitable for timber.
-- Timber worm (Zoology)
, any larval insect which burrows in timber.
-- Timber yard
, a yard or place where timber is deposited.
Timber transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Timbered
; present participle & verbal noun Timbering
.] To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle.
His bark is stoutly timbered . Shak.
Timber intransitive verb
1. To light on a tree. [ Obsolete] 2. (Falconry) To make a nest.
Timbered adjective 1. Furnished with timber; -- often compounded; as, a well- timbered house; a low- timbered house. L'Estrange. 2. Built; formed; contrived.
[ R.] Sir H. Wotton. 3. Massive, like timber.
His timbered bones all broken, rudely rumbled. Spenser. 4. Covered with growth timber; wooden; as, well- timbered land.
Timberhead noun (Nautical) The top end of a timber, rising above the gunwale, and serving for belaying ropes, etc.; -- called also kevel head .
Timbering noun The act of furnishing with timber; also, timbers, collectively; timberwork; timber.
Timberling noun [ Timber + - ling .] A small tree. [ Eng.]
; plural Timbermen (Mining) A man employed in placing supports of timber in a mine. Weale.
Timberwork noun Work made of timbers.
[ French, a bell to be struck with a hammer, sound, tone, stamp, crest, in Old French , a timbrel. Confer Timbrel
.] 1. (Her.) The crest on a coat of arms. 2. (Mus.) The quality or tone distinguishing voices or instruments; tone color; clang tint; as, the timbre of the voice; the timbre of a violin. See Tone , and Partial tones , under Partial .
[ Dim. of Middle English timbre
, Old French timbre
; probably from Latin typmanum
, Greek ... a kettledrum, but influenced perhaps by Arabic tabl
a drum; confer Persian tambal
a drum. See Tympanum
, and confer 2d Timbre
.] (Mus.) A kind of drum, tabor, or tabret, in use from the highest antiquity.
Miriam . . . took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. Ex. xv. 20.
Timbreled, Timbrelled adjective Sung to the sound of the timbrel. "In vain with timbreled anthems dark." Milton.
Timburine noun A tambourine. [ Obsolete]
; plural Times
. [ Middle English time
, Anglo-Saxon tīma
, akin to tīd
time, and to Icelandic tīmi
, Danish time
an hour, Swedish timme
. √58. See Tide
] 1. Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof.
The time wasteth [ i. e. passes away] night and day. Chaucer.
I know of no ideas . . . that have a better claim to be accounted simple and original than those of space and time . Reid. 2. A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. Hebrew i. 1. 3. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times ; modern times . 4. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal.
Believe me, your time is not your own; it belongs to God, to religion, to mankind. Buckminster. 5. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
There is . . . a time to every purpose. Eccl. iii. 1.
The time of figs was not yet. Mark xi. 13. 6. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
She was within one month of her time . Clarendon. 7. Performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times ; four times four, or sixteen.
Summers three times eight save one. Milton. 8. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration.
Till time and sin together cease. Keble. 9. (Gram.) Tense. 10. (Mus.) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time ; the musician keeps good time .
Some few lines set unto a solemn time . Beau. & Fl.
is often used in the formation of compounds, mostly self-explaining; as, time
-worn, etc. Absolute time
, time irrespective of local standards or epochs; as, all spectators see a lunar eclipse at the same instant of absolute time .
-- Apparent time
, the time of day reckoned by the sun, or so that 12 o'clock at the place is the instant of the transit of the sun's center over the meridian.
- - Astronomical time
, mean solar time reckoned by counting the hours continuously up to twenty-four from one noon to the next.
-- At times
, at distinct intervals of duration; now and then; as, at times he reads, at other times he rides.
-- Civil time
, time as reckoned for the purposes of common life in distinct periods, as years, months, days, hours, etc., the latter, among most modern nations, being divided into two series of twelve each, and reckoned, the first series from midnight to noon, the second, from noon to midnight.
-- Common time (Mil.)
, the ordinary time of marching, in which ninety steps, each twenty-eight inches in length, are taken in one minute.
-- Equation of time
. See under Equation , noun
-- In time
. (a) In good season; sufficiently early; as, he arrived in time to see the exhibition. (b) After a considerable space of duration; eventually; finally; as, you will in time recover your health and strength.
-- Mean time
. See under 4th Mean .
-- Quick time (Mil.)
, time of marching, in which one hundred and twenty steps, each thirty inches in length, are taken in one minute.
-- Sidereal time
. See under Sidereal .
-- Standard time
, the civil time that has been established by law or by general usage over a region or country. In England the standard time is Greenwich mean solar time. In the United States and Canada four kinds of standard time have been adopted by the railroads and accepted by the people, viz., Eastern , Central , Mountain , and Pacific time, corresponding severally to the mean local times of the 75th, 90th, 105th, and 120th meridians west from Greenwich, and being therefore five, six, seven, and eight hours slower than Greenwich time.
-- Time ball
, a ball arranged to drop from the summit of a pole, to indicate true midday time, as at Greenwich Observatory, England. Nichol.
-- Time bargain (Com.)
, a contract made for the sale or purchase of merchandise, or of stock in the public funds, at a certain time in the future.
-- Time bill
. Same as Time-table .
[ Eng.] -- Time book
, a book in which is kept a record of the time persons have worked.
-- Time detector
, a timepiece provided with a device for registering and indicating the exact time when a watchman visits certain stations in his beat.
-- Time enough
, in season; early enough.
"Stanly at Bosworth field, . . . came time enough
to save his life." Bacon.
-- Time fuse
, a fuse, as for an explosive projectile, which can be so arranged as to ignite the charge at a certain definite interval after being itself ignited.
-- Time immemorial
, or Time out of mind
. (Eng. Law) See under Immemorial .
-- Time lock
, a lock having clockwork attached, which, when wound up, prevents the bolt from being withdrawn when locked, until a certain interval of time has elapsed.
-- Time of day
, salutation appropriate to the times of the day, as "good morning," "good evening," and the like; greeting.
-- To kill time
. See under Kill , transitive verb
-- To make time
. (a) To gain time. (b) To occupy or use (a certain) time in doing something; as, the trotting horse made fast time .
-- To move
, or go
, against time
, to move, run, or go a given distance without a competitor, in the quickest possible time; or, to accomplish the greatest distance which can be passed over in a given time; as, the horse is to run against time .
-- True time
. (a) Mean time as kept by a clock going uniformly. (b) (Astron.) Apparent time as reckoned from the transit of the sun's center over the meridian.
Time transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Timed
; present participle & verbal noun Timing
.] 1. To appoint the time for; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, he timed his appearance rightly.
There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. Bacon. 2. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
Who overlooked the oars, and timed the stroke. Addison.
He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Shak. 3. To ascertain or record the time, duration, or rate of; as, to time the speed of horses, or hours for workmen. 4. To measure, as in music or harmony.
Was timed with dying cries.
Time intransitive verb 1. To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
With oar strokes timing to their song. Whittier. 2. To pass time; to delay.
Time policy (Insurance) A policy limited to become void at a specified time; -- often contrasted with voyage policy .
Time signature (Music) A sign at the beginning of a composition or movement, placed after the key signature, to indicate its time or meter. Also called rhythmical signature . It is in the form of a fraction, of which the denominator indicates the kind of note taken as time unit for the beat, and the numerator, the number of these to the measure.
Time-honored adjective Honored for a long time; venerable, and worthy of honor, by reason of antiquity, or long continuance.
Timeful adjective Seasonable; timely; sufficiently early. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh.
1. A clock, watch, or other chronometer; a timepiece. 2. A person who keeps, marks, regulates, or determines the time. Specifically: -- (a) A person who keeps a record of the time spent by workmen at their work. (b) One who gives the time for the departure of conveyances. (c) One who marks the time in musical performances. (d) One appointed to mark and declare the time of participants in races or other contests.
Timeless adjective 1. Done at an improper time; unseasonable; untimely.
Nor fits it to prolong the heavenly feast Pope. 2. Done or occurring before the proper time; premature; immature; as, a timeless grave.
Timeless , indecent.
Must I behold thy timeless , cruel death? Shak. 3. Having no end; interminable; unending.
night and chaos." Young.
Timelessly adverb In a timeless manner; unseasonably. [ R.] Milton.
Timeliness noun The quality or state of being timely; seasonableness; opportuneness.
Timeling noun A timeserver. [ Obsolete]
[ Compar. Timelier
; superl. Timeliest
.] 1. Being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable.
dew of sleep." Milton. 2. Keeping time or measure. Spenser.
Timely adverb Early; soon; in good season.
Timely advised, the coming evil shun. Prior.
Thanks to you, Shak.
That called me timelier than my purpose hither,
For I have gained by it.
Timenoguy noun (Nautical) A rope carried taut between or over obstacles likely to engage or foul the running rigging in working a ship.
Timeous adjective Timely; seasonable. [ R. or Scot.] -- Time"ous*ly , adverb [ R. or Scot.]
Timepiece noun A clock, watch, or other instrument, to measure or show the progress of time; a chronometer.
Timepleaser noun One who complies with prevailing opinions, whatever they may be; a timeserver.
Timepleasers , flatterers, foes to nobleness. Shak.
Timer noun A timekeeper; especially, a watch by which small intervals of time can be measured; a kind of stop watch. It is used for timing the speed of horses, machinery, etc.
Timer noun (Internal-combustion Engines) In electric ignition, an adjustable device for automatically timing the spark.
Timesaving adjective Saving time; as, a timesaving expedient.
Timeserver noun One who adapts his opinions and manners to the times; one who obsequiously compiles with the ruling power; -- now used only in a bad sense.
Timeserving adjective Obsequiously complying with the spirit of the times, or the humors of those in power.
Timeserving noun An obsequious compliance with the spirit of the times, or the humors of those in power, which implies a surrender of one's independence, and sometimes of one's integrity. Syn.
-- Temporizing. -- Timeserving
. Both these words are applied to the conduct of one who adapts himself servilely to times and seasons. A timeserver
is rather active, and a temporizer
, passive. One whose policy is timeserving
comes forward to act upon principles or opinions which may promote his advancement; one who is temporizing
yields to the current of public sentiment or prejudice, and shrinks from a course of action which might injure him with others. The former is dishonest; the latter is weak; and both are contemptible.
Trimming and timeserving , which are but two words for the same thing, . . . produce confusion. South.
[ I] pronounce thee . . . a hovering temporizer , that Shak.
Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil,
Inclining to them both.