scantlings


scantlings

noun

  1. a timber of relatively slight width and thickness, as a stud or rafter in a house frame.
  2. such timbers collectively.
  3. the width and thickness of a timber.
  4. the dimensions of a building stone.
  5. Nautical.
    1. a dressed timber or rolled metal member used as a framing member in a vessel.
    2. the dimension, in cross section, of a framing member.
  6. a small quantity or amount.

pl n

  1. the structural casings of the internal gas paths in an aeroengine

noun

  1. a piece of sawn timber, such as a rafter, that has a small cross section
  2. the dimensions of a piece of building material or the structural parts of a ship, esp those in cross section
  3. a building stone, esp one that is more than 6 feet in length
  4. a small quantity or amount

adj.1520s, “measured or prescribed size,” altered from scantlon, scantiloun “dimension” (c.1400), earlier a type of mason’s tool for measuring thickness (c.1300), a shortening of Old French escantillon (Modern French √©chantillon “sample pattern”), of uncertain origin; perhaps ultimately from Latin scandere “to climb” (see scan (v.)). Sense influenced by scant. Meaning “small wooden beam” is 1660s. Related: Scantlings.

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