Definition of scantling in English:



  • 1A piece of lumber 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, balk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter
    1. 1.1The size to which a piece of wood 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.’
  • 2often scantlingsA set of standard dimensions for parts of a structure, especially in shipbuilding.

    ‘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.

    sample, example, bit, snippet, illustration, demonstration, exemplification, instance, selection, representative piece



/ˈskan(t)liNG/ /ˈskæn(t)lɪŋ/


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.