1A timber beam of small cross section.
joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafterView synonyms
- ‘In Britain and America, material was available in timber form, as plank, deals, board, and scantling.’
- ‘She fully conforms to all the stringent constructional requirements of this class, including 6 watertight compartments, strong scantlings and a high level of stability.’
- 1.1The size to which a piece of timber or stone is measured and cut.
- ‘Its crucks - nine full pairs and a pair at each end cut off halfway to form the half-hipped roof - are 10 m. long, with a scantling of 0.53 m. and a span of 10.2 m.’
2A set of standard dimensions for parts of a structure, especially in shipbuilding.
- ‘Since German engineers standardized scantlings for testing to about eight inches long, Fernow decried in particular British engineers' preferences for full-sized generic timbers.’
- ‘Although not built to any specific standard, other than Hinckley's own, that I know of, the scantlings are impressive by anyone's standards.’
3archaic A specimen, sample, or small amount of something.sample, example, bit, snippet, illustration, demonstration, exemplification, instance, selection, representative pieceView synonyms
Early 16th century (denoting prescribed size, or a set of standard dimensions): alteration of obsolete scantillon (from Old French escantillon sample), by association with the suffix -ling.