n. - wood prepared for building, carpentry, etc.
- piece of wood or beam, esp. As the rib of a vessel.
- large standing trees.
- (esp. As int.) Warning cry that a tree is about to fall. [old english, = building]
n. Distinctive character of a musical sound or voice apart from its pitch and volume. [greek: related to *tympanum]
adj. (-ier, -iest) opportune; coming at the right time. timeliness n.
n. - way an action or process is timed.
- regulation of the opening and closing of valves in an internal-combustion engine.
n. Dry substance that readily catches fire from a spark. tindery adj. [old english]
—v. (-ling) 1 feel a slight prickling, stinging, or throbbing sensation.
- cause this (the reply tingled in my ears). —n. Tingling sensation. tingly adj. [probably from *tinkle]
—n. - itinerant mender of kettles and pans etc.
- scot. & ir. Gypsy.
- colloq. Mischievous person or animal.
- spell of tinkering. —v. - (foll. By at, with) work in an amateurish or desultory way.
- work as a tinker. [origin unknown]
—v. (-ling) (cause to) make a succession of short light ringing sounds. —n. - tinkling sound.
- colloq. Telephone call. tinkly adj. [imitative]
alley n. World of composers and publishers of popular music.
attrib. Adj. Cheap, inferior.