- 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 ProvenÃ§al 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 scandaculum, 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.