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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scantling an upright in house framing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scantling A fragment; a bit; a little piece.
    • Scantling A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle.
    • Scantling A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc.
    • Scantling A piece or quantity cut for a special purpose; a sample.
    • Scantling A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline.
    • Scantling A small quantity; a little bit; not much.
    • a Scantling Not plentiful; small; scanty.
    • Scantling The dimensions of a piece of timber with regard to its breadth and thickness; hence, the measure or dimensions of anything.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scantling A pattern; sample; specimen.
    • n scantling A rough draft; a rude sketch.
    • n scantling A measuring-rod.
    • n scantling Measurement; size; dimensions; compass; grade.
    • n scantling A small quantity, number, or amount; a modicum.
    • n scantling In naval architecture, the size in any case under consideration of some one of the principal parts of the hull of a ship, such as floors, frames, outside plating, etc.
    • n scantling In carpentry and stone-cutting, the size to which it is intended to cut timber or stone; the length, breadth, and thickness of a timber or stone.
    • n scantling A small beam less than five inches square in section, such as the quartering for a partition, rafters, purlins, or pole-plates in a roof, etc.
    • n scantling A kind of trestle or horse for supporting a cask.
    • scantling Scant; small.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scantling a little piece: a piece or quantity cut for a particular purpose: a certain proportion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. eschantillon, F. échantillon, a sample, pattern, example. In some senses confused with scant, insufficient. See Scantle (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. eschantillon, a small cantle, escanteler, to break into cantles—es—L. ex, out, cantel, chantel, a cantle.


In literature:

Victor, with hammer and nails and scraps of scantling, was patching a corner of one of the galleries.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
The third are gratiosi, favorites; such as exceed not this scantling, to be solace to the sovereign, and harmless to the people.
"Essays" by Francis Bacon
You can't increase the thickness of scantling and plates indefinitely.
"Notes on Life and Letters" by Joseph Conrad
I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
Howling with panic terror, she dashed about the small enclosure, clawing frantically at door and scantling.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
He ordered that the inside of the room should be boarded up with rough boards, with exposed scantlings on the walls and ceiling.
"Dennison Grant" by Robert Stead
He very nearly did for Major Bustead, smashing at him with a scantling that he ripped from the ship's timbers, sir.
"The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land" by Ralph Connor
Will you let us take the scantle, and the rig of it, your honor?
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
Scantling = lignajxo, trabetajxo.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
The sides of it are scantlings and the steps are narrow boards.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
Bailey went out to the front of the shanty to look at the lantern he had set up on a scantling.
"The Moccasin Ranch" by Hamlin Garland
The material of which the church was to be built was tar paper and scantling.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber and deposited all between the scantlings.
"Standard Selections" by Various
The house, which he owns, is a small shack or shanty constructed of scantlings and slabs.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Of learning long a scantling was the portion of the Gael, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Of learning long a scantling was the portion of the Gael, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Pine scantlings is quoted sthrong.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
It was in these trees that a strong scantling had been placed, to which the prisoners were hung.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
I want two pieces of scantling strong enough for a hangman's beam.
"The Sins of the Father" by Thomas Dixon
The edge of the box and the scantling were rosined, and it was worked by two men sawing up and down.
"The Puddleford Papers," by H. H. Riley

In poetry:

'I warrant it will. And longer too.
'Tis a scantling that I got
Off poor John Wayward's coffin, who
Died of they knew not what.
"The Workbox" by Thomas Hardy
Transferred to the Eternal Settlement,
Each in his strait, wood-scantled office pent,
No longer Brown reverses Smith's appeals,
Or Jones records his Minute of Dissent.
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
How would some flood, with ampler treasures blest,
Disdainful view the scantling drops distil!
How must Velino shake his reedy crest!
How every cygnet mock the boastive rill!
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone

In news:

And Mrs Glen Scantling of Arkoma will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 1-5 pm today at their home.
Reliever Hunter Scantling (3-0) threw four scoreless innings to earn the win.