• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Scantle To be deficient; to fail.
    • v. t Scantle To scant; to be niggard of; to divide into small pieces; to cut short or down. "All their pay
      Must your discretion scantle ; keep it back."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scantle To become less; fail; be or become deficient.
    • scantle To make less; lessen; draw in.
    • scantle To cut up or divide into small pieces; partition.
    • scantle To cut down or cut short; scant.
    • n scantle A gage by which slates are regulated to their proper length.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scantle skan′tl to divide into pieces: to partition
    • v.i Scantle skan′tl to fail: to be deficient
    • n Scantle a gauge by which slates are measured
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escanteler, eschanteler, to break into contles; pref. es-,L. ex,) + cantel, chantel, corner, side, piece. Confused with E. scant,. See Cantle


In literature:

The tailpiece is made of a 2" x 4" scantling (H), 10 inches long, one end of it being nailed to a transverse block (I) 2" x 2" x 4".
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The floor was laid on 2 x 4 inch scantlings, so there was nothing to keep snakes from working their way under.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Speed boosted Mayo and the young man attached the cloth to the scantling and flung their banner to the breeze.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Let no one laugh at the character of many of these 'Scantlings.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
The other man, Asaph Scantle, was of a different type.
"A Chosen Few" by Frank R. Stockton
A burning scantling struck Lucien on the head and sent him to the floor.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
The next process is to build a scaffolding, or skeleton frame, of scantling and quartering.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
He made irregular excursions into the village and juggled scantling in a new lumber yard.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
There it stopped, supported as before, by short pieces of scantling.
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
A quantity of Pine Boards and Scantling, Stones and Lime, for building a Church in this Town.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
A saw "pit" is a scantling of poles eight feet high, on which the logs are placed to be sawn.
"The Great Gold Rush" by W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
There are about one hundred of these "Scantlings," and his descriptions of them are very brief but interesting.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
Randy had got Jolly to help him tear loose a scantling from a step protection.
"The Motion Picture Chums at Seaside Park" by Victor Appleton
Scantling, 2 by 6 inches, are placed on the ice, 4 feet apart, made even with the ice.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
Logs and scantling to be employed in the frames of buildings are also conveyed down the rivers in the same manner.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
Abruptly the trap flew wide open and dropped back on the scantlings with a bang.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon
By the aid of a scantling I managed to get up onto the high brick wall.
"With Fire and Sword" by Samuel H. M. Byers
It took Gash Tuttle to think up scantling.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
The scantling of the hatch-cover that secured them was of unusual thickness.
"My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3" by William Clark Russell
The sheets of corrugated iron are nailed to the joists and to the scantling at the roof.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

'I warrant it will. And longer too.
'Tis a scantling that I got
Off poor John Wayward's coffin, who
Died of they knew not what.
"The Workbox" by Thomas Hardy
Transferred to the Eternal Settlement,
Each in his strait, wood-scantled office pent,
No longer Brown reverses Smith's appeals,
Or Jones records his Minute of Dissent.
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
How would some flood, with ampler treasures blest,
Disdainful view the scantling drops distil!
How must Velino shake his reedy crest!
How every cygnet mock the boastive rill!
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone

In news:

And Mrs Glen Scantling of Arkoma will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 1-5 pm today at their home.
Reliever Hunter Scantling (3-0) threw four scoreless innings to earn the win.