scantling (plural scantlings)
- (chiefly in the plural) The set size or dimension of a piece of timber, stone etc., or materials used to build ships or aircraft.
- (archaic) A small portion, a scant amount.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.204:
- For one may have particular knowledge of the nature of one river, and experience of the qualitie of one fountaine, that in other things knowes no more than another man: who neverthelesse to publish this little scantling, will undertake to write all of the Physickes.
- Francis Bacon
- Such as exceed not this scantling, to be solace to the sovereign and harmless to the people.
- A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years.
- Jeremy Taylor
- Reducing them to narrow scantlings.
- A small, upright timber used in construction, especially less than five inches square.
- (obsolete) A rough draught; a crude sketch or outline.
- (obsolete) A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle.
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- Not plentiful; small; scanty.
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