scantling

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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