Scantling Scant"ling, n. [Cf. OF. eschantillon, F. ['e]chantillon, a sample, pattern, example. In some senses confused with scant insufficient. See {Scantle}, v. t.] 1. A fragment; a bit; a little piece. Specifically: (a) A piece or quantity cut for a special purpose; a sample. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Such as exceed not this scantling; -- to be solace to the sovereign and harmless to the people. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) A small quantity; a little bit; not much. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Reducing them to narrow scantlings. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. The dimensions of a piece of timber with regard to its breadth and thickness; hence, the measure or dimensions of anything. [1913 Webster]

4. A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline. [1913 Webster]

5. A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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