scantling

noun
scant·​ling | \ ˈskant-liŋ How to pronounce scantling (audio) , -lən \

Definition of scantling

1a : 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)

First Known Use of scantling

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scantling

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

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“Scantling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scantling. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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