- a dressed timber or rolled metal member used as a framing member in a vessel.
- the dimension, in cross section, of a framing member.
Origin of scantling
Examples from the Web for scantlings
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.