SCANT'LING, n.1. A pattern; a quantity cut for a particular purpose.2. A small quantity; as a scantling of wit.3. A certain proportion or quantity.4. In the United States, timber sawed or cut into pieces of a small size, as for studs, rails, &c. This seems to be allied to the L. scandula, and it is the sense in which I have ever heard it used in this country.5. In seamen's language, the dimensions of a piece of timber, with regard to its breadth and thickness.
SCANT'LING, a. Not plentiful; small. [Not in use.]