Scant"ling (?), a. [See Scant, a.]

Not plentiful; small; scanty.

[Obs.]

Jer. Taylor.

 

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Scant"ling, n. [Cf. OF. eschantillon, F. 'echantillon, 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.]

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

A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years. Milton.

(b)

A small quantity; a little bit; not much

. [Obs.]

Reducing them to narrow scantlings. Jer. Taylor.

2.

A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc.

3.

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

4.

A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline.

5.

A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle.

Knight.

 

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