- 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 scantlings
There was only the churned water, filled with scantlings and torn branches of trees.The Long Roll
Let no one laugh at the character of many of these 'Scantlings.'
It will send up the price of scantlings, and we was getting on too fast with them.Erema
R. D. Blackmore
The sides of it are scantlings and the steps are narrow boards.Sergeant York And His People
The house, which he owns, is a small shack or shanty constructed of scantlings and slabs.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
- the structural casings of the internal gas paths in an aeroengine
- 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 scantlings
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.