(Scant), n. Scantness; scarcity. [R.] T. Carew.

(Scant"i*ly) adv. In a scanty manner; not fully; not plentifully; sparingly; parsimoniously.

His mind was very scantily stored with materials.

(Scant"i*ness), n. Quality or condition of being scanty.

(Scan"tle) v. i. [Dim. of scant, v.] To be deficient; to fail. [Obs.] Drayton.

(Scan"tle) v. t. [OF. escanteler, eschanteler, to break into contles; pref. es- (L. ex) + cantel, chantel, corner, side, piece. Confused with E. scant. See Cantle.] To scant; to be niggard of; to divide into small pieces; to cut short or down. [Obs.]

All their pay
Must your discretion scantle; keep it back.
J. Webster.

(Scant"let) n. [OF. eschantelet corner.] A small pattern; a small quantity. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.

(Scant"ling) a. [See Scant, a.] Not plentiful; small; scanty. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

(Scant"ling), n. [Cf. OF. eschantillon, F. échantillon, a sample, pattern, example. In some senses confused with scant insufficient. See Scantle, v. t.]

1. A fragment; a bit; a little piece. Specifically: (a) A piece or quantity cut for a special purpose; a sample. [Obs.]

Such as exceed not this scantling; — to be solace to the sovereign and harmless to the people.

A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years.

(b) A small quantity; a little bit; not much. [Obs.]

Reducing them to narrow scantlings.
Jer. Taylor.

2. A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc.

3. The dimensions of a piece of timber with regard to its breadth and thickness; hence, the measure or dimensions of anything.

4. A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline.

5. A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle. Knight.

(Scant"ly), adv.

1. In a scant manner; not fully or sufficiently; narrowly; penuriously. Dryden.

2. 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.

(Scant"ness), n. The quality or condition of being scant; narrowness; smallness; insufficiency; scantiness. "Scantness of outward things." Barrow.

(Scant"y) a. [Compar. Scantier ; superl. Scantiest.] [From Scant, a.]

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