- Archaic a small amount or quantity
- the size or dimensions of something; specif., the width and thickness of a piece of lumber
- a small piece of lumber, as a two-by-four stud, used in the frame of a structure
Origin of scantlingaltered (as if from scant + -ling) from Middle English scantilone, a carpenter's gauge, aphetic from Norman French escantillon, for Old French eschandillon, a measure from Provençal escandil, a measure of volume from Vulgar Latin an unverified form scandaculum, ladder, plumb from scandere: see descend
- A very small amount; a modicum.
- A small timber used in construction.
- The dimensions of a building material, especially the width and thickness of a timber.
- often scantings Nautical The dimensions of the structural parts of a vessel.
Origin of scantlingAlteration of Middle English scantlon, scantilon carpenter's gauge from Old French escantillon alteration of eschandillon from Late Latin scandiculum alteration of scandāculum ladder, gauge from Latin scandere to climb ; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more scantling, superlative most scantling)
- Not plentiful; small; scanty.
Alteration of scantillon, by association with -ling. Later senses also influenced by similarity with scant.