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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCANTLING

By the aid of a scantling I managed to get up onto the high brick wall.

Then came the hurdle-race, with the hurdles woven from cedar and scantling.

Look out there, Jerry, or that piece of scantling will be down on your head!

Only her scantling and her tonnage unfitted her for frigate-service.

The scantling of the hatch-cover that secured them was of unusual thickness.

The plundered boards and scantling had to be carried by the men half a mile.

You have not got the scantling for the metal you carry and are always working.

There it stopped, supported as before, by short pieces of scantling.

The material of which the church was to be built was tar paper and scantling.

Thither, however, I went with some secret expectation of a scantling of good claret.

WORD ORIGIN

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 échantillon "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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