- a timber of relatively slight width and thickness, as a stud or rafter in a house frame.
- such timbers collectively.
- the width and thickness of a timber.
- the dimensions of a building stone.
- a dressed timber or rolled metal member used as a framing member in a vessel.
- the dimension, in cross section, of a framing member.
- a small quantity or amount.
Origin of scantling
Examples from the Web for scantling
By the aid of a scantling I managed to get up onto the high brick wall.With Fire and Sword
Samuel H. M. Byers
Then came the hurdle-race, with the hurdles woven from cedar and scantling.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
Look out there, Jerry, or that piece of scantling will be down on your head!The Motor Boys Over the Ocean
Only her scantling and her tonnage unfitted her for frigate-service.The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The scantling of the hatch-cover that secured them was of unusual thickness.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3
William Clark Russell
- a piece of sawn timber, such as a rafter, that has a small cross section
- the dimensions of a piece of building material or the structural parts of a ship, esp those in cross section
- a building stone, esp one that is more than 6 feet in length
- a small quantity or amount
Word Origin and History for scantling
1520s, "measured or prescribed size," altered from scantlon, scantiloun "dimension" (c.1400), earlier a type of mason's tool for measuring thickness (c.1300), a shortening of Old French escantillon (Modern French échantillon "sample pattern"), of uncertain origin; perhaps ultimately from Latin scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Sense influenced by scant. Meaning "small wooden beam" is 1660s. Related: Scantlings.