Scantling

Scant"ling

, n. [Cf. OF. eschantillon, F. 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.]
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Such as exceed not this scantling; -- to be solace to the sovereign and harmless to the people.
Bacon.
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A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years.
Milton.
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(b) A small quantity; a little bit; not much. [Obs.]
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Reducing them to narrow scantlings.
Jer. Taylor.
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2. A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc.
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3. 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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4. A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline.
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5. A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle. Knight.
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