• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scantly In a scant manner; not fully or sufficiently; narrowly; penuriously.
    • Scantly Scarcely; hardly; barely. "Scantly they durst their feeble eyes dispread
      Upon that town."
      "We hold a tourney here to-morrow morn,
      And there is scantly time for half the work."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scantly In a scant manner or degree; sparingly; illiberally; slightly or slightingly.
    • scantly Scarcely; hardly; barely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Scantly not fully or sufficiently, scarcely: narrowly: penuriously: scantily
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. skamt, short, narrow, neut. of skammr, short.


In literature:

Two eggs (well beaten), one cup sweet milk, one half cup vinegar (scant) one teaspoon mixed mustard, one tablespoon butter (melted).
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
We were scant of provisions, scant of transportation, scant of ammunition.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Scant as was the water ration, it enabled both the girl and Lennon to suck at lumps of raw bacon.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
But the bombs were found in time, and no damage was done, and Theodore Roosevelt paid scant attention to them.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
Vainly the scant telegraphic news was studied for any reference to the Russian situation in the Archangel area.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Why, she hath scantly a gown fit to show.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Her head is held up by a man, whose scant garments show similarly stained.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
My dinner at the City Hotel was scant and badly prepared.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
You shall scantly go above him, I count.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
Now it has been held by those initiated into such mysteries that there is scant affinity between whiskey and water.
"The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
In a general way, nitrogen is in scant supply in all worn soils.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
But Savonarola treated the invitation to call with disdain, and turned the messengers of Lorenzo away with scant courtesy.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The contractor appeared to be content with this scant measure of obedience and not to expect more.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
And the news was monotonously scant.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
His own law practice so far had yielded scant returns, and what to do and where to turn was a puzzle.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
It seems to me from this scant experience, one general principle runs through all.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
His impact seems negligible to efforts given yet gradually he surmises a scant return is being paid.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
They came ashore a scant six feet above certain death.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
At the shack, the days were numbered slowly, for all their scant hours of light.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The scant facilities afforded by local or denominational interests were altogether inadequate to existing demands.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley

In poetry:

And above in the flickering glare
I mark me the boughs of my tree,
My tree of the years, growing bare.
Growing bare with the scant days to be.
"Love Platonic" by Richard Le Gallienne
Good news of welcome kind to all,
That come to Jesus at his call;
Yea, news of drawing pow'r, when scant,
To those that fain would come, and can't.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
For all were merely lads; not one was able
To earn the crust of bread,
Though scant it might be, coarse and black and humble,
With which he must be fed.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
With many a puff and pant:
Who still, as rises the ascent,
In language grows more violent,
Although in breath more scant:
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
First he did put no more nor lesse
Into my hart, then he did view
that there did want:
But when my breast in such excesse
Of lively flames to burne I knew,
then were so scant
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
Till the storm passed, and the slow tide returning
Cast him, a wreck, beneath his native sky;
Here, at his watch, gave him the chance of earning
Scant means to live--who won the right to die.
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

To make a ghost, use a scant tablespoon of frosting from second can for each bar .
Bishop owned Bishop 's Pharmacy and Gifts in Albertville and Scant City.
This 6.5-horsepower vac earned points for its surprisingly quiet motor, scant 25.5-pound weight, and seven attachments.
Fenlator and Jones edged Meyers and Madison by a scant 0.01 seconds.
This makes a scant 8 ounces soup or 4 (¼-cup) servings.
"The reason for the scant existence of these dwellings is debatable," McGill says.
Laws' Scant Effect On Wages.
Geo- engineering wins scant enthusiasm at UN climate talks.
Are you fully convinced that, in a scant 12 days, whatever Vague Disastrous Thing the Mayans predicted will finally occur.
This testing for subclinical disease for the purpose of motivating behavioral change has become a common practice, despite scant supporting evidence.
Split-second decisions, a little luck, and lot of focus helped one local couple pull off a dream wedding in a scant three months.
Details of what happened at the jail are scant.
Testimony shows Sandusky accusers' claims got scant attention.
With scant snow in Anchorage, high school skiers will head to Girdwood.
Scant oversight in fatal outbreak.

In science:

So far the observational evidence for pinched or twisted fields near young stars is scant, although there are possible detections toward W3 (Greaves, Murray, & Holland 1994), Mon R2 (Greaves, Holland, & Murray 1995), and a number of other cloud cores (Greaves & Holland 1998).
Magnetic Field Morphology of Orion-IRc2 from 86 GHz SiO Maser Polarization Images
In particular, we look at correlations with higher-J yrast states, which with few exceptions have been paid scant attention so far.
A new puzzle for random interaction
One of the possible reasons why scant attention has been focused on longest paths is that, while shortest paths can be determined in polynomial time, longest path identification is an NP-complete problem (e.g. ).
Random and Longest Paths: Unnoticed Motifs of Complex Networks
Still, given their scant numbers in other galaxies, we expect the missing number of WNs to be a few percent of the total number of WRs.
The Wolf-Rayet Content of M31
There is scant evidence for any such relation, but we might assume β = 1 and attempt to estimate α as follows.
Testing Closed String Field Theory with Marginal Fields
But literature appears to be scant on the lack-of-fit testing problem in this important model.
Minimum distance regression model checking with Berkson measurement errors
The reader might rightly argue that this is an artificial example, with scant bearing on real journal citation records.
The skewness of computer science
For the remaining (non-stretched) states the data are too scant for graphical presentation.
Critical test of multi-{\it j} supersymmetries from magnetic moment measurements
Let me begin by apologising for the only scant coverage that I can make of all the numerous and interesting parallel presentations; the human lack of ubiquity being what it is, I could attend only one of any of the five contemporary sessions.
Symposium Summary
On the other hand, there are important unanswered questions where experimental information is scant.
Puzzle Pieces: Results on bbbar and ccbar Spectroscopy and Decay
Moreover, the fluxes of neutrons and neutrinos were scant enough for the 27 August flux levels that a positive signal might have been expected only very rarely.
Ultrahigh Energy Activity in Giant Magnetar Outbursts
The literature on lack-of-fit testing in the regression model when responses are missing at random is scant.
The transfer principle: A tool for complete case analysis