scantling

scantling
scantling [skant′liŋ]
n.
[altered (as if < SCANT + -LING1) < ME scantilone, a carpenter's gauge, aphetic < NormFr escantillon, for OFr eschandillon, a measure < Prov escandil, a measure of volume < VL * scandaculum, ladder, plumb < scandere: see DESCEND]
1. a small quantity or amount
2. dimensions of building material
3. a small beam or timber, esp. one of small cross section, as a two-by-four
4. a small, upright timber, as in the frame of a structure

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