Definition of scantling in English:

scantling

noun

  • 1A timber beam of small cross section.

    • ‘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.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter
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    1. 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 piece
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

scantling

/ˈskantlɪŋ/