Definition of scantling in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈskantlɪŋ/


1A timber beam of small cross section.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

Words that rhyme with scantling


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: scant|ling

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.