Definition for SCANT'LING

SCANT'LING, n. [Fr. echantillon, a pattern; Sp. escantillon; Port. escantilham.]

  1. A pattern; a quantity cut for a particular purpose. – L'Estrange.
  2. A small quantity; as, a scantling of wit. – Dryden. Locke.
  3. A certain proportion or quantity. – Shak.
  4. In the United States, timber sawed or cut into pieces of a small size, as for studs, rails, &c. This seems to be allied to the scandula, and it is the sense in which I have ever heard it used in this country.
  5. In seamen's language, the dimensions of a piece of timber, with regard to its breadth and thickness. – Mar. Dict.

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