(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.Macaulay.
(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 payJ. Webster.
Must your discretion scantle; keep it back.
(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.
Such as exceed not this scantling; to be solace to the sovereign and harmless to the people.Bacon.
A pretty scantling of his knowledge may taken by his deferring to be baptized so many years.Milton.
(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.
1. In a scant manner; not fully or sufficiently; narrowly; penuriously. Dryden.
2. Scarcely; hardly; barely.
Scantly they durst their feeble eyes dispreadFairfax.
Upon that town.
We hold a tourney here to-morrow morn,Tennyson.
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.]