1. Wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.

His dominions were very narrow and scanty.

Now scantier limits the proud arch confine.

2. Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.

3. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.

In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words.
I. Watts.

Syn. — Scant; narrow; small; poor; deficient; meager; scarce; chary; sparing; parsimonious; penurious; niggardly; grudging.

(Scape) n. [L. scapus shaft, stem, stalk; cf. Gr. a staff: cf. F. scape. Cf. Scepter.]

1. (Bot.) A peduncle rising from the ground or from a subterranean stem, as in the stemless violets, the bloodroot, and the like.

2. (Zoöl.) The long basal joint of the antennæ of an insect.

3. (Arch.) (a) The shaft of a column. (b) The apophyge of a shaft.

(Scape), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Scaped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scaping.] [Aphetic form of escape.] To escape. [Obs. or Poetic.] Milton.

Out of this prison help that we may scape.

(Scape), n.

1. An escape. [Obs.]

I spake of most disastrous chances, . . .
Of hairbreadth scapes in the imminent, deadly breach.

2. Means of escape; evasion. [Obs.] Donne.

3. A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade. [Obs.]

Not pardoning so much as the scapes of error and ignorance.

4. Loose act of vice or lewdness. [Obs.] Shak.

(Scape"gal`lows) n. One who has narrowly escaped the gallows for his crimes. [Colloq.] Dickens.

(Scape"goat`) n. [Scape (for escape) + goat.]

1. (Jewish Antiq.) A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness. Lev. xvi. 10.

2. Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others. Tennyson.

(Scape"grace`) n. A graceless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless. Beaconsfield.

(Scape"less), a. (Bot.) Destitute of a scape.

(Scape"ment) n. [See Scape, v., Escapement.] Same as Escapement, 3.

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