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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  
     (C16: changed (through influence of scant and -ling1) from earlier scantillon, a carpenter's gauge, from Old Norman French escantillon, ultimately from Latin scandere to climb; see scan)  
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scantlings, scantlings, scant, scantly

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