scantling

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noun scant·ling \ ˈskant-liŋ , -lən \

Definition of scantling

1 a :the dimensions of timber and stone used in building
b :the dimensions of a structural element used in shipbuilding often used in plural
2 :a small quantity, amount, or proportion :modicum
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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