• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scant less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so "a light pound","a scant cup of sugar","regularly gives short weight"
    • v scant supply sparingly and with restricted quantities "sting with the allowance"
    • v scant limit in quality or quantity
    • v scant work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Scant In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly. "So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs."
    • Scant Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough; as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment. "His sermon was scant , in all, a quarter of an hour."
    • n Scant Scantness; scarcity.
    • Scant Sparing; parsimonious; chary. "Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence."
    • Scant To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail. "Scant not my cups."
    • v. i Scant To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants .
    • Scant To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries. "Where a man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted .""I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scant Short in quantity; scarcely sufficient; rather less than is wanted for the purpose; not enough; scanty: as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant piece of cloth for a garment.
    • scant Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
    • scant Having a limited or scanty supply; scarce; short: with of.
    • scant Nautical, of the wind, coming from a direction such that a ship will barely lie her course even when close-hauled.
    • n scant Scarcity; scantiness; lack.
    • scant Scarcely; hardly.
    • scant Scantily; sparingly.
    • scant To put on scant allowance; limit; stint: as, to scant one in provisions or necessaries.
    • scant To make small or scanty; diminish; cut short or down.
    • scant To be niggard or sparing of; begrudge; keep back.
    • scant Nautical, of the wind, to become less favorable; blow in such a direction as to hinder a vessel from continuing on her course even when close-hauled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scant skant not full or plentiful; scarcely sufficient: deficient
    • n Scant scarcity: lack
    • adv Scant scarcely: scantily
    • v.t., v.i Scant to limit: to stint: to begrudge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skamt, neuter of skamr, skammr, short; cf. skamta, to dole out, to portion


In literature:

The Colonel had but scant sympathy with lovers; they so rarely had any discrimination.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
Two scant cups sugar, two eggs, one-half cup sour cream or sour milk, one teaspoonful soda, season with nutmeg, flour enough to roll out.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
For these exercises we then had scant respect.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
He paid scant attention to the boys, but left them to their own devices.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
The autumn breeze stirred his snow-white hair, his scant gray beard.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Colonel Hector A. Macdonald alone seems as yet to have had extended to him scant military recognition of his invaluable services.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Stanley was devoutly religious while Rhodes paid scant attention to the spiritual side.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Such a fright have I had this morrow, I may scantly hold my pen.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
They received scant consideration of their protest.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
They received but scant courtesy and usually a vicious peck tumbled them off the branch.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
BRIMFIELD ACADEMY is at Brimfield, and Brimfield is a scant thirty miles out of New York City and some two or three miles from the Sound.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Gentlemen are unco scant when a wabster gets a lady.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Scant information, but it was enough.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
He was evidently preoccupied and anxious and paid scant attention to the boys.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
Of these scattered craftsmen we have, as I told you, scant information.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
They lived with the memory of such severe trials that they were grateful for the scant attention they received.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
But a low sun smote him straight in the eyes, and there was scant time for accurate aim.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
At periods the murmuring became a howl, and the triumphant note in it left scant room for doubt as to the nature of the address.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Down the long lagoon the canoe drifted, keeping within what scant shade the banks afforded, for the sun stood now directly overhead.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
By dint of effort she contrived to get a glimpse of the light of truth here and there, and hoped that scant ray might suffice to guide her.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë

In poetry:

Sir Gawaine scant could lift his head,
For sorrowe and for eare;
When lo! instead of that lothelye dame,
Hee sawe a young ladye faire.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
They came upon us in the night,
And brent my bower, and slew my knight;
And trembling hid in mans array,
I scant with life escap'd away.
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
Draw not away thy hands, my love,
With wind alone the branches move,
And though the leaves be scant above
The Autumn shall not shame us.
"Love's Gleaning Tide" by William Morris
Whereas if th' heart be moved,
Although the verse be somewhat scant,
God doth supplie the want.
As when th' heart sayes (sighing to be approved)
O, could I love! and stops; God writeth, Loved.
"A True Hymne" by George Herbert
Where is the true man's fatherland?
Is it where he by chance is born?
Doth not the yearning spirit scorn
In such scant borders to be spanned?
Oh yes! his fatherland must be
As the blue heaven wide and free!
"The Fatherland" by James Russell Lowell
But you, who sat beside me, had a shadow in your eyes,
Their sadness seemed to chide me, when I gave you scant replies;
You asked "Did I remember?" and "When had I ceased to care?"
In vain you fanned the ember, for the love flame was not there.
""Love Lightly"" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Geo-engineering wins scant enthusiasm at UN climate talks.
The Conservative government has made changes to environmental protection laws but there are scant details on what regulations will replace them.
Geo -engineering wins scant enthusiasm at UN climate talks.
To make a ghost , use a scant tablespoon of frosting from second can for each bar.
Admiral Ackbar "backlash" a joke : evidence of anti-Ackbar effort scant.
Jupiter 's disk diameter – which is now 48.5 arc seconds – is large, considering it was scant 33 or 34 arc seconds across just last summer.
In the footage, he clashes with 'Reservoir Dogs' actor Michael Madsen, who plays the father of his girlfriend, the latter of which we meet in a scant few flashbacks.
Osprey used lessons and materials from its hardcore backpacking line to create the lightest fully-featured carry-on on the market, at a scant four pounds.
Peter Gabriel strolled onto the stage at HP Pavilion on Tuesday with the house lights still glaring and the upper tier of the arena empty save for a scant few concertgoers sprinkled throughout the vast space.
Pontiac estimates the GXP will hustle to 60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds.
The Surreal Estate of Dorothea Tanning: Late Painter's Pad Sells For $5.5 M. Brookfield CEO J Bruce Flatt Flees Tribeca Loft for Scant Profit.
Their twisted twigs provide scant relief from the sun, and their roots leach precious water.
Mechanical details are scant, but the company did reveal a few basics.
Findings by Stanford University researchers that there is scant nutritional difference between organic and conventionally grown produce, and that they are similarly safe to eat, isn't really surprising.
With elections only a scant three weeks away on November 8th, experts are predicting a very lackluster turnout.

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