scant·ling (skăntlĭng, -lĭn)
1. A very small amount; a modicum.
2. A small timber used in construction.
3. The dimensions of a building material, especially the width and thickness of a timber.
4. often scantings Nautical The dimensions of the structural parts of a vessel.
[Alteration of Middle English scantlon, scantilon, carpenter's gauge, from Old French escantillon, alteration of *eschandillon, from Late Latin *scandiculum, alteration of scandāculum, ladder, gauge, from Latin scandere, to climb; see skand- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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