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Alteration of scantillon +‎ -ling, from Old French escantillon (sample pattern) (Modern French échantillon). Later senses also influenced by similarity with scant.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈskæntlɪŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: scant‧ling

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scantling (plural scantlings)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) The set size or dimension of a piece of timber, stone etc., or materials used to build ships or aircraft.
  2. (archaic) A small portion, a scant amount.
  3. A small, upright beam of timber used in construction, especially less than five inches square.
  4. (uncountable) Timber in the form of small beams and pieces.
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening:
      Victor, with hammer and nails and scraps of scantling, was patching a corner of one of the galleries.
  5. (obsolete) A rough draught; a crude sketch or outline.
  6. (obsolete) A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle.
    • 1855, The Vine:
      These casks should be placed upon scantling or scaffolding , and not upon the ground in the cellar

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scantling (comparative more scantling, superlative most scantling)

  1. Not plentiful; small; scanty.
    • 1652, Edward Benlowes, Theophila:
      Heav'ns Glorie to atchieve, what scantling Span Hath the frail Pilgrimage of Man!

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