scantling

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noun scant·ling \ˈskant-liŋ, -lən\

Definition of scantling

  1. 1a :  the dimensions of timber and stone used in buildingb :  the dimensions of a structural element used in shipbuilding —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  a small quantity, amount, or proportion :  modicum

  3. 3 :  a small piece of lumber (such as an upright piece in house framing)

Origin and Etymology of scantling

alteration of Middle English scantilon, mason's or carpenter's measure, from Anglo-French escauntiloun, eschantillon

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