Definition of scantling in English:

scantling

Line breaks: scant|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈskantlɪŋ
 
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noun

  • 1A timber beam of small cross section.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 2 (often scantlings) A set of standard dimensions for parts of a structure, especially in shipbuilding.
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    • Although not built to any specific standard, other than Hinckley's own, that I know of, the scantlings are impressive by anyone's standards.
    • Since German engineers standardized scantlings for testing to about eight inches long, Fernow decried in particular British engineers' preferences for full-sized generic timbers.
  • 3 archaic A specimen, sample, or small amount of something.

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.

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